APA Fellow Deb Boehm-Davis Goes to the Hill for Distracted Driving Research

Boehm-Davis and representatives of Science GRO met with the Senior Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance; the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On February 19, APA Fellow, Deborah Boehm-Davis and representatives of Science GRO met with the Senior Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance; the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the one that has taken the lead on distracted driving issues.  The discussions focused on APA’s interest in having NHTSA and the Department of Transportation release the Distracted Driver Research Agenda which was completed mid-February and is awaiting final clearance from Secretary LaHood. Dr. Boehm-Davis summarized the usefulness and importance of the research and also the importance of releasing the Research Agenda to inform and guide the efforts of the research community.  Planned meetings that same day with the NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland, who until recently was the staff director of the subcommittee, were postponed as NHTSA geared up for the Toyota hearings.  However in early March, GRO and Boehm-Davis will meet with John Maddox, Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research and APA member Dr. Richard Compton, Director, Office of Behavioral Safety Research.