Distracted Driving: "National Epidemic"

By Haley Burton

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Each year, distracted drivers kill about 3,000 people.

That's about one in every ten deaths on US roadways.

US Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood calls "distracted driving" a national epidemic.

Distracted driving includes texting while driving.

Thirty-nine states now have made it illegal.

In 2011, Syracuse was one of the first cities to implement a distracted driving program.

LaHood says the City saw a 35% drop in texting while driving.

"Personal responsibility for putting that cell phone down is a good for step and thats what were asking people to do," said LaHood. "Put that phone in the glove compartment, put that texting device in the glove compartment, buckle up and drive safely."

The DOT has a set up a website dedicated to stopping distracted driving.

You can check it out at Distraction.gov.