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How do we know Secretary Ray LaHood is against distracted driving?

September 15, 2011 - 04:28 PM
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All you have to do is take a look at U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's desk to know that the man takes his distracted driving concerns seriously. See that big black-and-yellow sign on his desk?

"Drive now, text later," the government secretary's desk sign declares in bold, all-capital letters.

LaHood has voiced his concerns about distracted driving many times in the past, and it's both humorous and intriguing to see that his concern manifests in such a visible (and in such a bright yellow — for caution!) way on the man's desk. The U.S. Department of Transportation has prioritized distracted driving in a big way, so seeing this makes sense to me. Their video channel also includes a "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, which profiles victims of drivers who recklessly ignored the road. Check that out to get a better sense for why LaHood proclaims his concern so publicly. The little sign is visible as LaHood answers questions in his periodic On the Go video sessions, both in the recent September one as well as in past months. I like the style. Other items on his desk include what appear to be M&M's and multiple tributes to former president Abraham Lincoln.

Watch the full September Q&A video with Secretary Ray LaHood after the jump:

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