Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said increased police enforcement of distracted-driving laws along with publicity campaigns can dramatically reduce cases of drivers who aren’t paying attention behind the wheel. He cited pilot projects in Syracuse, NY, and Hartford, CT, that paid off in reducing distracted driving. Over the past year Syracuse police issued 9,587 citations for driver violations involving talking or texting on cellphones while operating a vehicle. Police in Hartford issued 9,658 tickets for illegal phone use during the same period. Both cities have seen a dramatic drop in the illegal use of phones while driving. Mr. LaHood said more than 500,000 motorists a year are injured and thousands killed because of distracted driving accidents.