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Obama's ambassador to the United Nations calls for ban on texting while driving

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Between Syrian chemical weapons, Iran's nuclear program, and other humanitarian crises, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has a full plate. And now, she's taking on distracted driving.

"Sending a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 secs," Power tweeted Monday afternoon. "That's like driving down football field blindfolded @ 55mph." The message went out with the hashtag, "#BanDistractedDriving."

(Pedantic aside: Why does it have to be driving down a football field? Why not just driving down a road?)

Power tweeted the message in recognition of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. "[W]e call on the United Nations and each and every one of its 193 member states to redouble their efforts to end distracted driving, a global killer," she said in a State Department release.

"Distracted driving must be banned, citizens must be educated, and all of us must help stigmatize the practice until people everywhere see distracted driving as the danger that it is," she also said. "Our lives depend on it."

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