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New Sheriff in Mississippi County to Crackdown on Texting While Driving

Tickets for texting while driving may start to rise in Harrison County. Since Troy Peterson became sheriff in January, deputies have written a total of 22 tickets — 13 citations filed in Justice Court and nine courtesy citations. Peterson tells …

N.Y. Authorities Wrote 85K Tickets for Texting While Driving in 2015

The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — though more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last …

Groups Push for Texting-While-Driving Ban in Missouri

Law enforcement, health care, insurance and transportation groups are urging Missouri lawmakers to ban texting while driving. A House panel heard testimony on three bills that would make it an infraction for a driver to read or send text messages …

Oklahoma Ban on Texting and Driving Goes to Governor

Oklahoma is in line to become the 46th in the nation to pass a ban on texting and driving. A bill passed on April 29 by the House goes to Gov. Mary Fallin, who urged lawmakers in her State of the …

Mississippi Senate Passes Texting-While-Driving Bill, Governor Expected to Sign

Mississippi is one step closer to becoming the 45th state to ban texting while driving, after the state Senate overwhelming passed such a bill Monday. The governor, for his part, is expected to sign the measure into law if it’s …

Montana Lawmakers Consider Ban on Cellphones While Driving

Lawmakers are expected to consider a bill that would ban the use of cellphones by motorists across the state. Montana is the only state in the country that does not ban at least some drivers from texting. Several Montana cities …

Mississippi House Reintroduces Texting-While-Driving Ban

House members are moving ahead with a ban on texting and social media use while driving, after killing a similar bill in the closing moments of the 2014 legislative session. The House voted 98-20 Friday to approve House Bill 389. …

Dover, Delaware to Target Drivers Using Handheld Cellphones

For the first time, Dover, Delaware, police are using a team of officers to target drivers who text and talk on the road. The department says that despite many campaigns to spread awareness that it’s illegal to use cellphones without …

Primary-Enforced Texting Laws Save Drivers’ Lives: University Research

New research appears to confirm that laws against texting while driving do reduce traffic fatalities if they are primary enforcement laws. Primary texting bans are associated with a three percent reduction in traffic fatalities among all age groups, which is …

Montana and Arizona Lone States Without Texting Laws, but Does it Matter?

Arizona and Montana stand out as the only states without some form of texting and driving law, but some studies show there’s no evidence that laws intended to curb cellphone use behind the wheel reduce crashes. Fourty-four other states plus Washington, …