VA Distracted Driver Initiative | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

VA Distracted Driver Initiative

Play associated audio

With the start of Maryland's new texting while driving ban, there's a new push in Virginia to reduce the number of so-called 'distracted drivers' on the Beltway.

Virginia's new Distracted Driver campaign targets the habits of 56 percent of all drivers on the Capital Beltway who say they regularly use their cell phones or text while driving.

Triple A Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson says it's a dangerous activity, especially around highway construction. "The idea here is to just remind drivers that you shouldn't be doing anything else but driving when you're on the Capital Beltway, and two, when you're in a construction zone, holy smokes...just hang up!"

Meanwhile, a two-day seminar on the subject sponsored by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood begins Wednesday, and a new law that bans texting while driving in Maryland goes into effect Thursday.

Eighteen states including Virginia have laws that ban cell phone use and, or texting while driving.

Elliott Francis reports...

NPR

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
NPR

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
NPR

Peace Corps Teams Up With First Lady To 'Let Girls Learn'

The Peace Corp will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus on girls' education around the world. The expansion is part of a larger program launched by Michelle Obama Tuesday.
NPR

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.