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White House to convene summit on texting, distracted driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is convening a summit on the problem of texting while driving, amid signs it's a deadly practice.

Next month, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will bring together transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, members of Congress and academics who all study distracted driving.

If it were up to him, LaHood says he would ban texting while driving altogether. But as with seat belts, making it the law isn't enough. Education and enforcement are also needed.

LaHood says we need to put an end to unsafe cell phone use and other activities that require drivers to take their eyes off the road.

Here's the most disturbing development: Car and Driver magazine found that texting and driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.

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