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GHSA News Release

October 28, 2009

Contact: Jonathan Adkins or Barbara Harsha
(202)789-0942, ext. 13 or 12

GHSA Chairman Takes Distracted Driving Message to Congress

Highway Safety Group to Testify on Distracted Driving Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—GHSA Chairman Vernon F. Betkey, Jr. will testify at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on Thursday, October 29th beginning at 9:30 a.m. The theme of the hearing is "Addressing the Problem of Distracted Driving."

Betkey will outline GHSA's position on the topic and stress the association's desire for a comprehensive approach to problem. Betkey's written statement is posted online at pdf icon [154 KB, 7 pgs.]. Among Betkey's points:

On a related note, last week, a coalition of safety and transportation groups sent a letter to members of the House and Senate advocating a broad approach to distracted driving. These groups also all oppose any federal sanction that would require states to act on distracted driving or lose vital highway funding. Signees were AAA, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Highway Users Alliance and GHSA. The letters are posted online at pdf icon [47 KB, 3 pgs.] and pdf icon [47 KB, 3 pgs.].

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Chairman Betkey's written statement is posted here: pdf icon [154 KB, 7 pgs.].

State Cell Phone and Texting Laws are available at:

To watch the hearing live, visit and click the "View Web Cast" button at the time of the hearing.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit