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NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech
NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2013 "Most Wanted List". But unlike the FBI photocopies pinned up at post offices, the NTSB isn't looking for criminals: the agency wants improvements to make U.S. transportation safer. In a press release, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman...Read More»

Distracted driving
Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in one of them. The problem for police officers is that such laws can be difficult to enforce. Even though texting constitutes...Read More»

Traffic
Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

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Apple's iOS 6 Could Kill Some Of Our Favorite Apps (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below If you're an Apple fan, own an iPhone, or just happened to wake up yesterday, you already know that Apple has unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. It's not as if that was a surprise. iOS 6 was one of the worst-kept secrets in Apple's history, with...Read More»

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Consumers Union Pushes Car-Safety Rules On Capitol Hill

The surface transportation bill that's been slowly and not-so-surely winding its way through both houses of Congress has been called many things. Notably, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the House version "the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public...Read More»

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Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink on the topic of distracted driving. It's been a problem for decades, of course -- since the historic moment two people first piled into a Benz Patent-Motorwagen and began arguing over directions. The problem was made worse (at least in America) by drive-through...Read More»

Ray LaHood
Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Brake-Override System

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, new cars, trucks, and SUVs will soon come with brake-override systems. That's according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the agency has posted to its website (PDF). If you follow the news, you can probably guess the...Read More»

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LaHood's Safety Regulations Say Moving Maps Are A No-No

Back in February, we told you about some new rules -- or rather, suggestions -- that the Department of Transportation had compiled for automakers. The rules/suggestions were meant to set standards for in-car equipment that would help curb distracted driving. Our colleagues at Cnet have done a close...Read More»

Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood Proposes New Rules To Combat Distracted Driving

Back in December, the National Transportation Safety Board proposed strict new guidelines governing the use of mobile devices in automobiles. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood implied that portions of the NTSB's guidelines were unnecessary -- namely the part about...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Ray LaHood Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay, Throws NTSB Under Bus

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced sweeping recommendations that would prohibit drivers from using mobile phones at all -- even for hands-free calls. But according to an article in the Detroit News, fellow fed Ray LaHood has thrown the NTSB under the metaphorical bus...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities Dip To Lowest Level Since 1949

Auto sales are on the mend. Holiday shopping is booming. And now, there's a bit more good news: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that traffic fatalities for 2010 reached historic lows. In fact, the U.S. hasn't seen stats like these since 1949. In all, 32,885 people died...Read More»

Moose warning sign
LaHood Says Communities Can Upgrade Signs At Their Own Pace

Ever wondered why road signs are made the way they are? How the government manages to ensure that they're consistent? Most of the standards for directional signs, traffic lights, and other roadway signage are set out in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is the Federal Highway...Read More»

Cars 2 distraction campaign - Disney and U.S. DOT
Cars2, Disney, And U.S. DOT: Only Bad Guys Drive Distracted

"Sometimes we all need a distraction...but never while driving," a voice says, as talking vehicles cover the screen. A new spot, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part Cars 2 trailer, part PSA spot, and it aims to capture fans' attention while sending them an important message about...Read More»

Texting while driving
Will Facebook In Cars Become Illegal?

The government is flexing its regulatory muscle again, and this time it's against social media on the road. While car manufacturers are looking for more ways to integrate technology, like Ford SYNC to monitor your vitals, they are coming under fire from the federal level to minimize gadgetry...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

Screencap from AT&T's 'The Last Text' documentary
Video: AT&T Debuts 'The Last Text' Documentary To Fight Distracted Driving

By now, everyone should know that texting and driving is a serious problem. Last year alone, nearly 5,500 people died in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, and the majority of those killed were under 20. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has made it his personal mission to end...Read More»

Texting while driving
Is The Federal Government Planning To Disable Our Cell Phones?

"Is the Government About to Block Cell Phone Signals in Cars?" That's the molotov cocktail of a headline that Time magazine ran yesterday when it announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is looking at new ways to curb distracted driving. (He's been doing so for ages, but apparently...Read More»

Texting while driving
As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

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