Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue

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Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue

Post by brian » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:40 am

July 6, 2010: In the NY Times today it was reported that a Washington lobbying firm, the [http://www.sewardsquare.com/home.html]Seward Square Group[/url], and major electronics industry trade groups have been pushing separate efforts to reframe the debate over the dangers of distracted driving. A document that has been circulating over the last week (and posted by the Web site FairWarning), says the distracted driving issue has been “hijacked” by national transportation authorities and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, who has encouraged motorists to pledge to put down their devices.
It urges the creation of a coalition called Drive, composed of car and device makers and wireless companies, but also safety advocates and emergency services personnel.
A second industry-led effort backed by the Consumer Electronics Association, a major trade group, has been urging state legislators not to regulate motorists’ use of devices.
See the article in the New York Times Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue

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Re: Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue

Post by brian » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:03 pm

July 2010: DRIVE Coalition Hits a Wall
The DRIVE Coalition is kaput.
The plan to unite the electronics industry against tougher laws on drivers using mobile devices fizzled on Wednesday, when Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a safety expert identified as DRIVE’s leader denounced it at a press conference in Washington.
See the full article DRIVE Coalition Hits a Wall
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