What: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he “dreaded the day” each of his four children turned 16. Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. Now a new poll LaHood released says 63 percent of drivers under 30 acknowledge using a hand-held phone while behind the wheel and 30 percent say they have texted while driving.
Why it’s an outrage: Nearly 5,500 people in the U.S. were killed in distracted-driving accidents in 2009. “Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roads, and teens are especially vulnerable because of their inexperience behind the wheel and, often, peer pressure,” LaHood said.