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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, …

N.H. to Consider Banning Use of Hand-Held Cellphones While Driving

A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing this week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The House-passed bill also bans all cellphone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn’t apply …

Poll: Most Mississippians Support Ban on Texting While Driving for All Motorists

A new survey released this month says most Mississippians support tightening the state’s law on texting while driving. Currently Mississippi prohibits texting while driving for those with a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, according to the state’s Department of …

Ban On Texting While Driving To Become New Mexico Law

A proposal to ban texting while driving in New Mexico will become official law. Gov. Susana Martinez is scheduled to sign legislation that would prohibit texting while operating a vehicle Sunday afternoon. Martinez will sign the bill while visiting the …

New Texting-While-Driving Ban Proponents: Oklahoma Teens

A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are urging legislators to pass a new state law outlawing the practice. About a dozen high school students with a group called “Generation tXt” visited with lawmakers …

N.H. Court Upholds Assault Conviction in Texting-While-Driving Case

New Hampshire’s highest court is upholding the assault conviction of a driver who was reading a text message as his car drifted across two lanes and into oncoming traffic. The state Supreme Court’s ruling means that 30-year-old Chad Belleville will …

Texting While Driving Ban Again in New Mexico Lawmaker’s Sights

Another attempt is being made at the New Mexico Legislature to prohibit texting while driving. Democratic Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe has pre-filed a bill, marking the fifth time a version of a texting-while-driving ban has been introduced at …

Arizona DPS to Crack Down On Texting Drivers

The Arizona Department of Public Safety plans to crack down on drivers who are distracted by texting or their cellphones in general. The enforcement effort will begin in January and be accompanied by an education campaign, DPS spokesman Bart Graves …

Survey Says Texting While Driving Common Among N.J. Drivers

New Jersey auto insurance group Plymouth Rock Assurance has released a distracted driving study this week that found approximately 50 percent of passengers polled have asked a driver to stop texting while the car was in motion and nearly a …