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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 …

New Rules for New York Drivers Using Hand-Held Phones

New York state is imposing tougher penalties on motorists who use hand-held mobile phones while driving. As of Nov. 1, young and new drivers caught texting or using a cell phone without a hands-free device face a 120-day license suspension. …

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 …

Massachusetts Tells Drivers Their LOLs, OMGs Can Wait

Massachusetts state transportation officials first got the attention of drivers in June when they posted electronic highway signs that implored Bostonians to “use yah blinkah.” The latest effort to combine a serious safety message with a touch of humor took …

New Hampshire Law to Ban Handheld Devices While Driving

Motorists travelling through New Hampshire are seeing electronic highway signs warning them about distracted driving — the first messages in what will become a full-blown public awareness campaign about a law that banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices …