Vt. Bills Target Distracted Driving

Vermont lawmakers are continuing their efforts to crack down on distracted driving, with bills that would boost the penalties for texting while driving and ban all hand-held electronic devices when driving through road construction zones.

House approves tougher drunken driving rules

Inspired by a Swanton teenager’s death last year, the Vermont House has approved a much tougher approach to drunken driving. The owner of a car could be held responsible if he let an impaired driver use it. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.

Midday Newscast April 15, 2008

Congressman Peter Welch says he’s going to push this afternoon for more oversight of contractors working overseas for the U.S. government; the maple sugaring season is slowing down around the state, and in some places it’s already over; more…

Interview: Adele Kristiansson, Drowsy Driving

Most of us have had the experience at one time or another driving late at night on a long road trip, your head starts to feel heavy, your eyelids flutter, and the next thing you know you’re snapping your head back as you suddenly realize you’ve nodded off and drifted into another lane, or have started to go off the road entirely. It’s drowsy driving, and it’s more common than you think Adele Kristiansson is the legislative affairs director for the national Road Safety Foundation. She spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the problem.