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LaHood takes cellphone fight global

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will go global with his crusade against distracted driving Wednesday, joining United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to launch an international effort.

LaHood will travel to the United Nations headquarters, where the two men will issue a "global call to action on ending distracted driving." More than 1.2 million people die in highway crashes each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

There are an estimated 600 million cars and 4.6 billion cellphones on Earth. Use of hand-held cellphones has been banned in at least 32 countries, including most of Europe, China and Malaysia. Portugal has banned all forms of cellphone use while driving. In the U.S., the District and six states prohibit use of hand-held phones, and no state has a total ban on cellphones.

-- Ashley Halsey III

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By Washington Post Editors  |  May 18, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Driving , Safety , distracted driving  | Tags: Ban Ki-moon, Ray LaHood, Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations, United States Secretary of Transportation, World Health Organization, distracted driving  
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