Houston, Texas: Tougher laws, technology needed to fight distracted driving epidemic, NTSB panel agrees

Road safety advocates in Houston Thursday said an all-out blitz of stricter laws, tougher enforcement, driver education, and incentives are needed to combat a growing epidemic of distracted drivers that is killing an estimated 3,600 people annually across America.

“That is a 9-11 event every year,” said Lt. Craig Cummings with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The problem is especially pronounced in Houston, which a study released Wednesday found was the most distracted metropolitan area behind the wheel.