By Gabe Nelson, Crain News Service
WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2014) — Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated.
Mr. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed—thousands of them every year—because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into their cars.
The pattern is tragic and preventable, and it's the sort of problem that drives Washington's civil servants into fits of frustration.
So this month, Mr. Rockefeller hauled business executives up to Capitol Hill to issue a warning: Do a better job of curbing distracted driving, or Congress will act.