Why can’t the texting-panic establishment handle the truth?

Don't drive distracted, okay? Now for some more updated facts. (Follow the whole series under the texting tag.) The Diane Rehm show on NPR (Washington station WAMU) did another full episode on the perils of distracted driving. The extremely misleading title of the episode was, "Distracted Driving: What It Will Take To Lower Fatalities." The…

Research on teen crashes confirms that reporters selling books on phone risks hype phone risks

Using phones while driving is dangerous and should stop. But the focus on this issue distracts us from other dangers in driving (which have -- you'd never believe from the news -- declined rapidly in recent decades). And it distracts us from the broader danger of relying on motor vehicle transportation. I dwell on this subject because it offers…