Former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed by the Senate to be your next Transportation Secretary. Let's hope for more of a focus on highways and public transit, not crusades against cell phones. » 6/27/13 4:22pm 6/27/13 4:22pm

What would you ask the nominee for Secretary of Transportation?

Congratulations! You are the newly elected U.S. Senator to the great state of Kinja. Your first order of legislative business is a confirmation hearing. » 5/20/13 1:48pm 5/20/13 1:48pm

Why Did The Government's Scary Cell Phone Study Only Look At Stopped…

This morning we reported on a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that said 660,000 U.S. drivers are using their cell phones behind the wheel at any given point during the day. But when you read the fine print, the story changes a bit: the NHTSA got this data from looking only at drivers who… » 4/05/13 6:45pm 4/05/13 6:45pm

Why We Should All Be Glad Ray LaHood Won't Be Transportation Secretary…

Ray LaHood announced this week that he won't continue on as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for President Obama's second term, taking the most aggressive campaign against distracted driving ever put forth by the government with him as he departs. » 1/30/13 4:00pm 1/30/13 4:00pm

How One Bureaucrat Almost Succeeded in Banning Car Radios

Science fiction writer Douglas Adams once broke down the human reaction to technology thusly: Anything that's existed for as long as you have is normal; anything invented while you're between the ages of 15 and 35 is something you can profit from; anything invented after you've turned 35 is "against the natural order… » 3/02/12 4:30pm 3/02/12 4:30pm

Transportation Secretary Doesn’t Know What Distracted Driving Is

Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation, is on a personal crusade to rid the country of distracted driving. It would be important for him to know what distracted driving actually is, but a new interview with Washington DC's WTOP radio station shows he has no idea what he's doing. » 2/28/12 12:30pm 2/28/12 12:30pm

U.S. Transportation Secretary rolls up in big SUV to unveil new fuel…

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled new fuel-economy window stickers for cars and trucks, saying "we're not just sitting around waiting for high gasoline prices to come down." His ride of choice to the unveiling: This 12-mpg Chevy Suburban SUV. » 5/25/11 1:45pm 5/25/11 1:45pm

Feds want Cash-for-Clunkers-style electric car rebates

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he hopes Congress will make the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit a Cash-for-Clunkers type rebate — which might require having your car dealer plow into your tax returns. » 5/19/11 10:45am 5/19/11 10:45am

Sprint pre-loading Android phones with anti-distracted driving software

Sprint just announced they'll be adding anti-distracted driving software to every new Android phone they sell. It will do battle with the phone's pro-distracted driving software more commonly referred to as all the other software on the phone. » 3/22/11 2:30pm 3/22/11 2:30pm

Ray LaHood has a thing for Justin Bieber

In addition to GJEL Accident Attorneys, a San Francisco law firm specializing in auto injuries, Ray LaHood, President Obama's distracted-by-distraction Transportation Secretary, is a big fan of Justin Bieber. Who knew? » 2/18/11 11:00am 2/18/11 11:00am

Talking On Your Cell Phone Could Make You Drive Safer

Moves to bar drivers from using cell phones have been driven by the mantra that a phone-holding driver is as dangerous as a drunk one. However, a new study found cell phones may actually keep some drivers safer. Here's how. » 1/12/11 12:00pm 1/12/11 12:00pm

Feds Propose Backup Camera Mandate By 2014

The U.S. government proposed a new mandate today requiring backup cameras on all new vehicles by 2014. It's the latest front in Ray LaHood's war to protect us from ourselves. You know what else works? Paying attention. [AP] » 12/03/10 10:30am 12/03/10 10:30am

BMW Hates DIY Projects, Pushes Own iPhone, iPad Cradles

Who doesn't suffer from having their iPad and iPhone tumble around their BMW? How do you keep them properly held? To tout its own devices, BMW commissioned a few DIY projects that would give Ray LaHood a conniption. » 11/09/10 10:30am 11/09/10 10:30am

LaHood: Cell Phones While Driving OK For “Specially Trained” Super Cops

"They are trained to be careful," transportation secretary Ray LaHood told a caller on NPR when asked if it was OK for cops to use cell phones while driving. They're not, but what could cops be texting each other? » 10/29/10 1:30pm 10/29/10 1:30pm

U.S. Transportation Secretary Hates Facebook, Twitter While Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's fatwa against distracted driving could grow to include a ban on all in-car cellphone use and new tech automakers have already rolled out. Distracted driving is dumb; so are over-reaching regulations buffaloed into existence. » 10/08/10 10:00am 10/08/10 10:00am

Insurers Say Texting Bans Not Cutting Crashes; Mt. LaHood Erupts

The Highway Loss Data Institute says texting bans in four states did not reduce crashes, and in three states crashes actually increased. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood erupted on his own blog labeling the report "misleading." » 9/28/10 2:30pm 9/28/10 2:30pm

Texting And Driving May Not Lead To More Crashes

The top auto safety expert for the nation's insurance companies says U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood is getting "irrational" about the dangers of distracted driving. His explanation: Texting and talking may just replace other bad driving habits, like reading newspapers. » 9/22/10 1:45pm 9/22/10 1:45pm

Transportation Secretary To Toyota Owners: Stop Driving Recalled Cars

According to Reuters, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told drivers of recalled Toyotas to stop driving their cars. OMG! EVERYONE PANIC! UPDATE! EVERYONE DON'T PANIC! » 2/03/10 10:50am 2/03/10 10:50am