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New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone
New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

Bluetooth headset concept by Ilshat Garipov
NHTSA's Distracted-Driving Guidelines Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay

In February of 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rough draft of preliminary recommendations on distracted driving. Those recommendations were aimed specifically at automakers in the hopes of guiding the vehicle design...Read More»

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The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

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AAA Study: Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Probably Have Other Bad Habits

Since we were little, we've been told not to judge books by their covers. But AAA would like to remind us of another tried-and-truism: where there's smoke, there's fire. That's the gist of a new survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That survey -- the 2012 Traffic Safety...Read More»

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Are Companies Liable For Employees' Cellphone Distraction, Damages?

Is your employer responsible, at least in part, when you talk or text? If you believe the raft of jury settlements awarding millions in some high-profile lawsuits that reach deep into some companies' pockets—against companies whose workers were in an accident (and caused injury or death)...Read More»

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Does Your Job Ban Talking While Driving? It May Soon

We all know that distracted driving is bad. A growing number of companies know it, too, and they're taking steps to ensure that their employees keep cell phones turned off when they're behind the wheel. Why do those companies do it? How do they do it? And perhaps most importantly: is your company...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Top Teen Driver Distraction? Electronic Devices, Says AAA Study

Parents of newly-licensed teens, take note. In the first study using in-car video footage to focus specifically on teen distracted driving, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that teenage girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use text and use cell phones or other electronic devices...Read More»

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Distracted Driving: AAA Says Drivers Don't Practice What They Preach

Over the summer, AAA conducted its fourth annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, and while the study's findings are alarming, they shouldn't surprise anyone. That's because while many of us talk the talk about distracted driving, we're terrible at walking the walk. AAA gathered data for the survey...Read More»

Infographic about mobile phone usage and driving (by AccuConference)
Infographic: Taking Phone Calls While Driving Is A Bad Idea

We spend a lot of time writing about the dangers of distracted driving, and like much of the media, we tend to focus on the problem of texting and driving. But in fact, statistics show that the simple act of using a mobile phone to take a call can be just as distracting -- and deadly. To...Read More»

BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad
Ten Tips to Manage Distracted Driving

With all the headlines and various safety campaigns about distracted driving, it’s easy to glaze over and think that this behavior is something someone else does, not you. The truth, however, is that nearly every driver engages in distracted driving at some point. The National Highway Traffic...Read More»

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Five Things Every Parent Needs In The Car

Frankly, parents can use all the help they can get. Along with love and responsibility – and your little ones – here are a few things that every parent should take along for the ride: Rearview camera - Lacking eyes in the back of your head, the next-best thing is an absolute necessity...Read More»

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States Toughen Hands-Free Laws, Close Enforcement Loopholes

Don't take talking and texting rules too lightly. As data continues to stream in about the dangers of hand-held cellphone distraction, state legislators—and highway patrols—are getting tough. The first round of cellphone-related distraction laws were, in some states, vague and poorly...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

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Rules On Distracted Driving Not Coming Any Time Soon

The federal government recognizes that distracted driving leads to accidents; the problem appears to be defining what constitutes distracted driving, as well as quantifying the danger posed by it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will publish their own guidelines on the...Read More»

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Fleet Solutions Targeting Distracted Driving On Company Time

With cellphone-related driving distraction rampant and many drivers officially on company time when they do it—and in some cases using a company phone and driving a company car—it makes sense that companies would be concerned. Reston, Virginia-based ZoomSafer, which secured $1.1 million...Read More»

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Was A Chicago Driver Updating Facebook When She Hit & Killed A Pedestrian?

On the morning of December 7, Raymond Veloz was involved in a fender-bender in Chicago. He dutifully called 911 on his cell phone and stepped out of his vehicle to exchange information with the other driver. As he did so, a woman by the name of Araceli Beas struck the 70-year-old Veloz, causing...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
'Faces' Campaign Profiles Distracted-Driving Accident Victims

With all the warnings and statistics concerning texting and talking while driving, it's quite possible to get a little glazed over, a little too detached from the situation. And a little "it wouldn't happen to me." That's one of the reasons the U.S. Transportation Department decided to produce a...Read More»

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It's Teen Driver Safety Week: Park The Phone And Drive

If you have new drivers or soon-to-be drivers in the house, they're likely the cause of much worry. Inexperience aside, considering the thousands of text messages teens send every month, how could they possibly put their phone down long enough to actually focus on driving? That's one of the themes...Read More»

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As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

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