FROM Steven Bloch
SoCal Drivers More Distracted than Ever When AT&T asked the world-famous director Werner Herzog to produce short films on the dangers of texting while driving , he agreed. The result was the 35-minute film, From One Second to the Next . One segment is about a 5-year old nicknamed X, hit and dragged 20 feet by a distracted driver, leaving him paralyzed on a ventilator. In less than a week, Herzog's film has been viewed more than one and a half million times on YouTube alone, as we hear from Steven Block, senior traffic researcher for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
More + Drivers Are Texting behind the Wheel Texting behind the wheel was outlawed in California almost two years ago, but more drivers are doing it now than ever before. That's according to a study by the Automobile Club of Southern California , where Steven Bloch is traffic-safety researcher and policy analyst.
Hands on the Wheel – Cell Phone Law Takes Effect Tomorrow Driving while talking with a phone to your ear is a crime in California starting tomorrow. It’ll cost 20 bucks for the first offense but no points against your driving record. On the other hand, it’s legal to hold a phone while you’re dialing or sending a text message. The big question is, will the roads be safer?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.