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Moving Violations Regulation has shaped the evolution of the automobile from the beginning In Moving Violations Lee Vinsel shows that contrary to popular opinion these restrictions have not hindered technological change Rather by drawing together communities of scientific and technical experts auto regulations have actually fostered innovationVinsel tracks the history of American auto regulation from the era of horseless carriages and the first faltering efforts to establish speed limits in cities to recent experiments with self driving cars He examines how the government has tried to address car related problems from accidents to air pollution and demonstrates that automotive safety emissions and fuel economy have all improved massively over time Touching on fuel economy standards the rise of traffic laws the birth of drivers' education classes and the science of distraction he also describes how the government's changing activities have reshaped the automobile and its drivers as well as the country's entire system of roadways and supporting technologies including traffic lights and gas pumps Moving Violations examines how policymakers elected officials consumer advocates environmentalists and other interested parties wrestled to control the negative aspects of American car culture while attempting to preserve what they saw as its positive contributions to society Written in a clear approachable and jargon free voice Moving Violations will appeal to makers and analysts of policy historians of science technology business and the environment and any readers interested in the history of cars and government


About the Author: Lee Vinsel

Lee Vinsel is a professor in the Department of Science Technology and Society at Virginia Tech


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