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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

distracted driving laws - Google News

INTEREST GROUPS

You are welcome to look for other groups - this list may help you get started.
Groups that oppose restrictions against cell phones/texting while driving:
Consumer Electronics Association - http://www.ce.org/Press/CurrentNews/press_release_detail.asp?id=7458
Mywireless.org - http://www.mywireless.org/issues/view/safe-driving
New Lobbying Group Formed and then Dismantled - http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/lobbyists-try-to-reframe-distracted-driving-issue/ and http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/lobbyists-scrap-plans-for-distracted-driving-coalition/

Neutral: Who can argue with safe driving habits?
CTIA - http://www.ctia.org/advocacy/policy_topics/topic.cfm/TID/17
Joint project - CTIA and National Safety Council - public service announcement video - http://info.howcast.com/onroadoffphone

Groups that support restrictions against cell phones/texting while driving:
National Safety Council - http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/distracted_driving.aspx
Focus Driven - http://www.focusdriven.org/index.aspx

HELPFUL INFORMATION

These New York Times articles talk about ways to use technology to stop distracted driving: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/technology/personaltech/29pogue.html?_r=1 and http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/technology/22distracted.html
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/technology/series/driven_to_distraction/index.html
Senate bill: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s1938/show and http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3994/actions
http://www.focusdriven.org/index.aspx
http://www.zerofatalities.com/
http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Americas-New-Deadly-Obsession
http://www.distraction.gov/stats-and-facts

COMPARISON TO FOOTBALL FIELD: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2009/07/2009-571.html (scroll to 2nd paragraph of "Explanation of Findings" heading)

New federal pilot program: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/distracted-driving-federal-enforcement-pilot-program-begins/story?id=10377741&page=2

Comparing distracted driving to drunk driving: http://www.unews.utah.edu/p/?r=062206-1
Don't make more laws - really difficult to enforce: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/distracted-driving-summit-distracts-from-real-problems

MAINE SIMULATORS -
http://www.wcsh6.com/driveforsafety/article/174622/142/Simulators-show-consequences-of-distracted-driving?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|t

New PSA ads aimed at teens: http://distraction.gov/teens/psa.html

STATISTICS/OPINION POLLS

October 2009 New York Times/CBS poll on distracted driving - and another link http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/23/opinion/polls/main5415766.shtml
PBS - Interactive map + interesting story about challenges with enforcing laws
PBS - better map of distracted driving laws - plus story about meeting of state safety officials - "Should Drivers Hang Up?"
http://www.gallup.com/poll/4669/Public-Favors-Ban-Use-Cellular-Phones-While-Driving.aspx

JUDICIAL BRANCH
Let's talk about how to approach this assignment, since this topic is so new!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/04/san-francisco-cell-phone-lawsuit_n_994491.html

Really helpful overview:
http://public.findlaw.com/traffic-ticket-violation-law/traffic-ticket-a-z/distracted-driving%281%29.html

LEGISLATION

IMPORTANT! - PROPOSED FEDERAL LEGISLATION
Listen/read interview with Ray LaHood (Pres. Obama's Transportation Secretary) about a proposed new federal law on distracted driving. September 2010.
• Here is a summary of the bill introduced by Sen. Shumer of New York: Known as the Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act (“ALERT Drivers” Act)—would require states to bar the sending of text or email messages while operating a car or truck or light rail, or else risk losing federal highway funds. Within six months of the bill’s passage, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will establish minimum penalties that must be contained within the state law. States then have two years to pass compliant bans or else risk losing 25% of their annual federal highway finding per year that they fail to comply with the law. States that comply after the two-year deadline can retroactively recover lost highway funds. Source: http://schumer.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=318484&

Maine Law:
http://www.wlbz2.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=108672 and texting law: http://www.wmtw.com/news/28006106/detail.html and
http://www.mpbn.net/News/MPBNNews/tabid/1159/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3762/ItemId/18206/Default.aspx

New Hampshire Law:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2009/12/20/nh_texting_while_driving_ban_takes_effect_jan_1/

State laws:
National Institute for Highway Safety if you scroll down to the bottom, it has really good maps of different bans
Governors Highway Safety Association - cell phone and texting laws and overall laws by state