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2011-03-11 09:00:00

Conference to Discuss Economic Growth and Job Creation WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood along with other notable figures will address local elected officials during the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2011 Congressional City Conference this week. The conference is NLC's annual legislative meeting providing local officials the opportunity to discuss federal priorities...

2011-03-07 12:30:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine have released a poll that shows the growing problem with distracted driving among young people. According to the poll, 63 percent of people under 30 acknowledged that they drive while using a phone, while 30 percent said they have sent text messages while behind the wheel.  For those over 30, the percentages were 41 percent on the phone and 9 percent texting. About a third of the young people said they feel this type...

2011-03-07 09:54:00

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced the newest addition to the Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" web video series at www.distraction.gov/faces. Loren Vaillancourt, who has been speaking out against distracted driving throughout her reign as Miss South Dakota, contributed her personal and moving story about the loss of her brother to a distracted driver. Since taking the crown, Loren has been...

2011-03-03 08:00:00

Secretaries Donovan & LaHood, Senator Begich & Harvard's Grayson to Give Remarks WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, US Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Trey Grayson, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will address local elected officials during the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2011 Congressional City Conference...

2011-02-18 10:59:00

DOT Action Follows PRBA Letter to Secretary LaHood on Lithium Battery Rule WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association fully supports the Department of Transportation's announcement to conduct a thorough review of its existing regulations, an action PRBA requested in a Feb. 9, 2011 letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "PRBA and its members are greatly encouraged by the Department of Transportation's announcement of a much needed review of...

2011-01-30 08:55:00

Federal officials and researchers said Friday that an alcohol-detection prototype that uses automatic sensors to instantly gauge a driver's fitness to be on the road has the potential to save thousands of lives. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited QinetiQ North America, a research and development facility, for the first public demonstration of systems that could measure whether a motorist has a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of .08 and prohibiting the vehicle...

2011-01-21 14:17:22

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is seeking help from Detroit automakers on his campaign to combat distracted driving. LaHood has dealt carefully with car companies whose interior electronics are becoming key selling points. Carmakers have accelerated their offerings of navigation and entertainment systems to help boost sales, which surged in 2010. The government is mindful of heavy-handed action taken against industry that might impact business and jobs.  General Motors Co and...

2010-12-15 12:11:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA), Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama praising his leadership, and that of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, for working to make all airline fees visible to consumers before they purchase a ticket. Text of the letter follows. President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear...

2010-12-09 16:02:00

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and BMW of North America president Jim O'Donnell met in Washington, D.C. today to raise awareness about the problem of distracted driving. O'Donnell showed the Secretary materials from BMW's DRIVE IT HOME, DON'T TXT & DRIVE campaign, piloted this year in driving schools across the country, which will be expanded in 2011. The campaign was inspired by Secretary LaHood's focus on the subject at...

2010-09-29 06:15:00

Texting bans for drivers are ineffective at best and could encourage furtive behavior behind the wheel, according to a study funded by United States auto insurers released on Tuesday. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) said it found no reduction in vehicle accident claims after bans on texting while driving went into effect in four US states -- California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington. Texting bans appear in the law books in most of the 50 American states, as well as Washington...

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