Today’s Headlines

  • State-level transport safety officials embrace texting-while-driving ban (NYT
  • Texas toughens rules against drinking and driving, especially for teens (DMN)
  • Privatized roadside rest stops: Coming soon? (LAT)
  • Michigan’s in need of a fix for its transit-funding woes (Free Press)

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Car Culture and Drunk Driving — They Go Together

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Drinking and driving laws vary from state to state, but in Wisconsin, it’s not until your fifth offense that you’re charged with a felony for drunk driving. That’s an awful lot of leeway for a behavior that so often leads to serious bodily harm. But as Urban Milwaukee points out, it’s not just the law […]

U.S. DOT’s Distracted Driving Summit: Follow it Live

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is hosting a summit on the issue of distracted driving — specifically, driving while texting — with an eye to marshaling support for a national ban on the practice.  To follow the summit as it unfolds, check out the agency’s live-blog or visit the live webcast of the proceedings. The event […]

What If We Paid the Full Cost of Driving?

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Driving is too cheap in the United States. It’s a complicated thing to unpack, but David Levinson, engineering professor at the University of Minnesota and blogger at the Transportationist, attempted to analyze the cost per-minute. Levinson estimates that the true cost of driving — including vehicle purchase price, insurance, taxes, repairs, and costs like parking and […]