PAM POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT - while driving (10). Opponents:...

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(b) Political Environment: Supporters: Numerous organizations have advocated the banning of text messaging while driving, with many of the supporters citing the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s findings that text messaging is associated with the highest risk of all cell phone related tasks while driving (3). Supporters include the United States Department of Transportation—as noted by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray Lahood’s remarks at the Motor Carriers Distracted Driving Press Event (13), the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (4), the American Automobile Association (AAA) (1), the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (3). The executive branch is a proponent of further regulation and policy regarding texting while driving, as noted by the Executive Order titled Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging
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Unformatted text preview: while driving (10). Opponents: The Cato Institute, a prominent libertarian think tank, outlines the ineffectual nature of enforcing a texting while driving ban. The institute holds that a ban on texting while driving is ineffectual because of the inability to effectively police and identify what constitutes text messaging by law-enforcement (2). Opponents also include individuals with a propensity to text (in particular young people) while driving, as noted by the Monash University findings. The study found that despite the worsening of driving performance and legislation banning the use of hand-held phones while driving, a large proportion of the drivers examined reported that they regularly use hand-held phones while driving for talking and text messaging (12)....
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