Another go-around for distracted driving


The House Energy & Commerce Committee, echoing its sister committee in the Senate, is going to hold a session on distracted driving, an issue that has moved to the forefront of the national agenda thanks to the tendency of mostly younger drivers to use their cell phones to text while driving.

The session, entitled “Driven To Distraction:  Technological Devices and Vehicle Safety,” will actually be held under the sponsorship of E&C’s satellites, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, 9/4/09 at 9:30.

RBR-TVBR observation: When the Senate Commerce Committee took on this topic last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was a featured guest. On 9/4, he supposedly has a prior engagement – the FCC’s ownership workshop, and Wednesday is the day broadcasters have the floor – so we sincerely hope he will send Congress his regrets and stay at home at the Portals to hear what broadcasters have to say.