updated 9/23/2009 6:21:02 PM ET 2009-09-23T22:21:02

An auto industry trade group says it supports a ban on texting and using hand-held cell phones while driving in advance of next week's major government summit on distracted driving.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said Wednesday that using a hand-held device to text or make phone calls while driving represents a safety risk and it supports the ban.

The group represents 11 automakers, including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and others.

Industry officials said they support allowing hands-free devices in cars to make phone calls and urged the government to develop policies that will encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans a two-day summit next week to review problems with distracted driving.

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