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

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus Video Review, 2014 BMW X5 Spied: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, we bring you our own video review of the 2012 Ford Focus, and spy shots of the 2014 BMW X5 SUV. We ask whether the Volt's really an electric car if 63 percent of its miles are all-electric, and discuss the pros and cons of putting more ethanol in your gas tank. You'll find...Read More»

Teen Driver - photo courtesy of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
New CA Law Allows Hands-Free Texting: It's Getting Murky

With existing driver texting bans in 39 states, a new law passed last week by California Gov. Jerry Brown to allow hands-free texting by drivers promises to shake things up a bit. In fact, it’s getting downright murky. The California no-texting law has been on the books for the past three...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»

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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»

Texting and driving campaign from Responsible Young Drivers (Belgium)
Want To End Texting & Driving? Belgium Shows How It's Done (Video)

It seems as if every other day, there's another story about distracted driving: who's guilty, who's trying to end it, and new, unexpected dangers. But of all the news, nothing gets as much attention -- or causes as big of a stir -- as texting and driving. The problem isn't limited exclusively to...Read More»

DOT's Distracted Driving Design Challenge
Students, Get Creative: Design An Icon Against Distracted Driving

If you are a student between the ages of 13 and 18, an avid follower of social networks, and feel you have a flair for design, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood invites you to take up the DOT’s Distracted Driving Design Challenge. Of course, you should know that...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»

Angry teen driver
Think Texting While Parked Is Safe? Think Again, Buddy

Texting and driving is bad: you know it, we know it, Ray LaHood knows it. But texting while parked isn't always such a great idea, either -- especially in crowded urban areas. An article in yesterday's New York Times describes a new variant of road-rage that's caused by people texting and talking...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
States With All Driver Texting Ban: 35 Down, 15 To Go

Come this Thursday, March 8, Pennsylvania will be the latest state with an all-driver texting ban that goes into effect. The tally so far: 35 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have laws prohibiting drivers from texting behind the wheel. That leaves 15 states still...Read More»

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Apps, Schmaps: LG Aims To End Distracted Driving With Stickers

Mobile phones are often criticized as distractions, particularly for drivers. According to Mashable, however, handset maker LG aims to make modern life a little more focused, thanks to some well-placed stickers. Like the automobile, the television, and many other inventions, mobile phones bring...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Distracted Driving And Teen Driver Safety: AAA’s Big Push In 2012

With all the attention distracted driving has been getting in recent months, it should come as no surprise that the AAA is prioritizing its legislative efforts this year to focus on that issue and a related one involving teen driver safety. In fact, the AAA says their legislative agenda for 2012...Read More»

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6 Ways To End Distracted Driving

If you've kept up with coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, you know that auto technology is undergoing some dramatic changes. True, flying cars and plasma drives are still a bit further down the road, but the way we interact with our vehicles today is...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Ray LaHood Say Hands-Free Calls Are A-Okay, Throws NTSB Under Bus

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced sweeping recommendations that would prohibit drivers from using mobile phones at all -- even for hands-free calls. But according to an article in the Detroit News, fellow fed Ray LaHood has thrown the NTSB under the metaphorical bus...Read More»

AT&T no-texting campaign on Facebook Causes
ATT Donates $2 For Every Person Who Pledges Not To Text & Drive

Want to make a charitable gift this holiday season? You could whip out your credit card and support any number of nonprofits online, but if money's a little tight why not let someone with deeper pockets make a contribution on your behalf? That's what AT&T promises to do -- and all you have to...Read More»

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