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LaHood: Foxx will continue distracted driving, biking pushes at DOT

"I believe my successor will continue this campaign because it's at the top of the list of the safety agenda we've developed here at the Department of Transportation," LaHood said of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) in his final "On The Go" video that was released this week on the DOT's website.

Foxx was appointed by Obama to replace LaHood in April. He was questioned by lawmakers in a friendly confirmation hearing last week, and he is expected to be easily confirmed when his nomination moves to the floor of the upper chamber. 

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LaHood said in the video that he was likely holding his final question-and-answer session because Foxx was "knocking on the door" of the DOT.

He predicted that the presumptive next Transportation secretary would also continue his efforts to convince states and local governments to provide more funding for bicycle and pedestrian options, which has drawn the ire of Republicans in Congress who prefer to spend transportation money on roads and bridges. 

LaHood said Foxx "has been very progressive when it comes to livable and sustainable communities."

"The mayor really understands the importance of giving people options, that bicycling, that walking and biking paths, that bike lanes along the street, bike share programs are all an integral part of the city and it's ability to attract young people," he said.

Reflecting on his own tenure at the helm of the DOT, LaHood said he was proud of the fact that 40 states passed laws to ban some form of texting while driving, up from less than 10 when he first took office.

"Four and a half years ago, no one was talking about distracted driving," LaHood said. "We've gotten people's understand. I think people really understand now that when you're behind the wheel of a car, you need to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road."