Distracted Driving

AT&T Asks Drivers To Pledge Sept. 19 To Never Text And Drive
AT&T Asks Drivers To Pledge Sept. 19 To Never Text And Drive

With more than 100,000 crashes each year linked to texting and driving, getting the message out about the national epidemic of texting while driving is gaining momentum. AT&T and other wireless carriers are tackling the issue head-on. AT&T is continuing its anti-texting campaign by asking...Read More»

Anti-distracted-driving tech from Rutgers University & Stevens Institute of Technology
New App Takes Clever Approach To Curb Distracted Driving

We all know that using a cell phone behind the wheel is a bad idea. Texting is the worst offense, but even gabbing on a hands-free headset isn't perfect. We've seen an array of apps to combat the problem of distracted driving, most of which rely on a phone's built-in accelerometer to determine when...Read More»

Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart - A Reciprocal of Teen Drivers
Teen Winners In Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” Video Contest

The votes are in and the winners of this year’s Bridgestone “Teens Drive Smart” video contest include teens hailing from Georgia, Illinois and Florida – all with a deep interest in getting out the message about the dangers of distracted driving. Contestants were also vying...Read More»

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Man Texts 'I Need To Quit Texting' Before Driving Off Bridge

If you'd seen it in a movie, it would've been your cue to chuckle (or roll your eyes at the sophomoric script). But when 21-year-old Chance Bothe texted the words, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident", then drove off a bridge into a ravine in Ganado, Texas, it was no...Read More»

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Study: Women More Prone To Road Rage, 30% Text & Drive To Work

A new survey of America's commuters reveals some interesting facts. Chief among them: many folks text and drive, while far more -- especially women -- have a tendency to fly off the handle. The study was conducted by Harris Interactive between May 14 and June 4 of this year. Over 3,800 commuters...Read More»

Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart - Don't Text and Drive
Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest: Vote For The Winners

Teens across the country responded to the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart video contest and the top 10 finalists have been selected. Now, it’s up to America to vote for the winners. But hurry, you only have until July 23 to vote. What’s at stake? Besides getting publicity for a compelling...Read More»

The Fiat 500L, featuring an in-car espresso maker from Lavazza
2013 Fiat 500L Brews Controversy With In-Car Espresso Maker

Pundits are percolating over a new feature on the forthcoming Fiat 500L. Here are the details, along with a bit of backstory: 1. Those Jennifer Lopez ads for the Fiat 500 did massively well at raising the brand's profile in the U.S. 2. To capitalize on its success, Fiat has just unveiled a new...Read More»

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Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
New Transportation Bill Includes State Grants To Curb Distracted Driving

In an unexpected and rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has approved and sent to President Barack Obama a compromise transportation bill of approximately $105 billion that will keep highway and transit spending at current levels through the end of fiscal year 2014. The transportation...Read More»

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Fed Might Offer Incentives For States' Crackdown on Distracted Driving

When Congress votes this week on the $109 billion transportation bill that has already passed the Senate, some lawmakers expect to fight to keep $78 million in “legislative candy” out of it. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the showdown stems over the controversial Senate bill that...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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Apple's iOS 6 Could Kill Some Of Our Favorite Apps (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below If you're an Apple fan, own an iPhone, or just happened to wake up yesterday, you already know that Apple has unveiled the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. It's not as if that was a surprise. iOS 6 was one of the worst-kept secrets in Apple's history, with...Read More»

U.S. lawmakers to get tougher on teen drivers
Bridgestone Offers $50,000 In College Scholarships: Deadline June 22!

If you're heading off to college this fall or know someone who is, listen up: Bridgestone is running a contest to give away $50,000 in scholarships, and the deadline for entries is June 22. The gist of Bridgestone America's Teens Drive Smart Video Contest is pretty simple: Any student between the...Read More»

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California, Delaware To Get $2.4 Million To Fight Distracted Driving

California and Delaware are the next two states to receive federal funding to help curb the “epidemic” of distracted driving in America. Announced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving,” the states will...Read More»

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Teen Texter In Massachusetts Guilty Of Vehicular Homicide

A couple of weeks ago, we asked the question, "If you text someone who's driving, can you go to jail if he crashes?" By and large, you all said that the sender of that text message shouldn't be held liable. The judge in that New Jersey case agreed. But in Massachusetts, a case came to court with...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»

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If You Send A Text To A Driver, Can You Go To Jail If He Crashes? (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below Today, most states have laws that limit the use of cell phones while driving. In 38 states, it's illegal to text and drive, and in 31, there are laws about making and taking calls behind the wheel. And yet, distracted driving remains a major problem: in 2010, it accounted for...Read More»

AT&T texting-while-driving simulator, offered by The Peers Foundation
On Tour: AT&T Driving Simulator Helps Teens See Texting Danger

By now, most teens know that texting and handheld cellphone use while driving is dangerous. Yet they continue to do so; a Consumer Reports survey reported just last week that eight in 10 young drivers admit to texting and driving. Laws are getting tougher on this type of distracted-driving...Read More»

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2012 Scion iQ Driven, Recalls, 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, Patrick Long raced an old Porsche and Nissan is really committed to electric cars. Ford and Ram issued recalls and we found the cheesiest DC fast-charging video ever. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. A new survey revealed eight in 10...Read More»