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Why Having Cell Phone Conversations While Driving Is Risky

It’s generally acknowledged that talking on a cell phone impedes driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is showing how even a simple conversation can affect the brain’s ability to focus on the roadway. UI researchers used …

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Leads Motorists to Check Social Media While Driving

Social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) could be putting road-users at risk, as motorists admit to checking social networking sites and reading messages on their phones while driving, according to UK insurer Aviva. A poll of 1,565 drivers* …

PEMCO Poll: Nearly Half of Northwest Drivers Use Phones Behind the Wheel

Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance announced that nearly half of Northwest drivers admit they illegally use their phones while driving – and a majority do it because they don’t think it’s “too dangerous.” That’s according to a poll the insurer commissioned in …

Hands-Free Law Urged for Massachusetts Drivers

Welcome to Massachusetts signs can mean more to drivers than just crossing a state line. For some, they also signal that it’s OK to pick up their cellphones, punch in a phone number and make a call. That’s because all …

Cell Phone Notifications Drive More Distraction: Study

Driver distraction could happen even when the driver isn’t using their cell phone. That’s according to a new study by Florida State University that found just receiving a notification on a cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to …

Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law

A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …

Delaware House Approves Higher Fine for Phone Use While Driving

A proposed increase in the first-time penalty for using a handheld cell phone or other electronic device while driving is making progress in the Delaware General Assembly. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reports that the state House of Representatives …

New Jersey Officials Fighting to End ‘Epidemic of Driver Inattention’

New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General John Hoffman this week announced the staggering toll driver inattention has taken on New Jersey’s roadways in the past 10 years. Hoffman said New Jersey has experienced a “distracted driving decade” during the past 10 …

West Virginia Has Ticketed 286 Distracted Drivers Since July

More than 280 motorists have been cited for distracted driving violations in West Virginia since a law went into effect July 1. The law makes using a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. It also bans texting while driving. …

Older Drivers Catching Up with Younger in Distracted Driving: Survey

Cell phone use and texting while driving are on the rise along with accessing the internet while driving — and it’s not just young people engaging in these dangerous activities behind the wheel. State Farm today released its annual research …