Fighting Against Distracted Driving, LaHood Gets Lobbyists Off His Back

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood criticized a Washington lobbying firm that was drumming up opposition to his distracted driving campaign. The Seward Square Group created the DRIVE coalition to promote driver education as an alternative to LaHood's proposal, which would lead to poor sales for mobile devices (they even went after Oprah).

However, distracted driving accounts for an estimated 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries a year, and many cell phone companies didn't want to take part in the lobbyist's campaign. LaHood went after the Seward Square Group and ultimately got the lobbyists to drop the campaign. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest on the showdown.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

A. Hu

I respect the Secretary's efforts to promote safety and weel-being, but do not agree with the means. If we label cell phones as distracting, then we will ban them. We label texting as distracting, ban it. Eating and drinking as distrating, ban them. Talking with passengers, ban them. adjusting the controls on the radio, AC or heater, ban them.

The states have made it illegal to drive without a seat belt, but then repeaedl the helmet laws for motercycle riders. And this is all for safety....What?

Jul. 12 2010 02:24 PM

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