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Nearly 200 Distracted Drivers Ticketed in Nevada

Nearly 200 people in the Reno-Sparks, Nev. area were cited for distracted driving during a special enforcement effort earlier this month. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office joined Reno and Sparks police in the distracted driving awareness …

Connecticut Bill Would Bar Driving With Pet on Lap

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to make it illegal for pets to ride in a vehicle while sitting on the driver’s lap. Under a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, people found driving with a pet on their …

Connecticut Bills Aim to Ramp Up Texting While Driving Fines

A Connecticut legislative committee is set to hear public testimony on several bills aimed at combating texting while driving in Connecticut. Several state lawmakers in Connecticut have submitted legislation this session that creates tougher penalties for texting while driving. One …

Texas Families Push for Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

Sitting behind pictures of loved ones killed in crashes, 15 Texas families tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to support a statewide texting-while-driving ban. “This is how I hold my baby now,” said Jeanne Brown, wiping away tears as she held a …

Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup

Michigan authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the …

Oklahoma Bill Targets Texting While Driving

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation banning the use of cell phones or other handheld devices to text, email or call while driving in his state. Senate Bill 67 would make it a misdemeanor to use a handheld device …

Austin, San Antonio Prepare to Enact Behind-the-Wheel Phone Bans

Two of the biggest cities in Texas are reminding drivers of bans on handheld devices behind the wheel that take effect in Austin and San Antonio come January. Police in both cities won’t start issuing fines until February. Talking on …

New York Troopers Issued 11,198 Tickets Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

New York State Police issued more than 11,000 tickets over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During the five-day campaign that started last Wednesday, regular patrols were beefed up statewide to focus on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving. …

Distracted Driver Blamed For Louisiana Lake Wreck

Three people jumped into a Baton Rouge, La. lake after watching a vehicle get rear-ended and careen into the water. WBRZ-TV reported the St. George Fire Department said there was only one person in the vehicle, the driver, when it …

University of California Helps Businesses Implement Cellphone Bans

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are launching a new program to help businesses in the San Diego region tackle distracted driving. The program, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway …