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Pennsylvania Police Challenged in Catching Texting Motorists

Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Assistant District Attorney Heath Long could not prove that a young man was texting when he careened his pickup into another, killing a grandfather and his teenaged granddaughter. “What we did know is a very short period …

Mass. Senate to Consider Ban on Using Handheld Cellphones While Driving

Motorists in Massachusetts may soon have to put down their cellphones when they’re on the road. A bill prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while driving would also make it illegal to enter information by hand into a …

Utah’s Texting While Driving Stops Rise Again in 2015

More people were pulled over for texting, emailing or checking Facebook on their cellphones behind the wheel on Utah’s highways in a six-month snapshot of 2015, marking a second year of growth in stops since the law was tightened, according …

Texas Safety Officials: Nearly 16K Vehicles Stolen in December 2014

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the potential for vehicle thefts is high in December. The DPS reported that 5,717 automobiles, pickups and motorcycles were recorded stolen in December 2014, making it one of the highest months for vehicle …

N.Y. State Police Issued 14K Tickets During Thanksgiving Weekend

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the New York State Police issued more than 14,000 tickets as a result of increased enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend. The enforcement period kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and ran through …

Oklahoma Troopers Write 90-Plus ‘Texting and Driving’ Tickets in November

Authorities have written nearly 100 tickets for texting while driving in the first month Oklahoma state’s ban has been in effect. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent says troopers have written 91 tickets for texting and driving and another 200 …

Highway Death Toll Takes Troubling Turn: Up 8.1% This Year

The death toll on U.S. highways rose 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015 as low fuel prices contributed to a jump in miles driven by Americans, according to new figures from the Transportation Department. The preliminary figures represent …

Using Hands-Free Technology While Driving Is ‘Surprisingly’ Risky: AAA Research

Mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands, according to new research on distracted driving. Drivers using phones and vehicle information systems while driving may miss stop …

Massachusetts Considers Ban on Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to back legislation that would require drivers to use hand-free phones in the state. Foxborough, Massachusetts, resident Jerry Cibley’s 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 as he …

Rhode Island Attorney General Urges Teens to Not Text While Driving

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is urging teenage drivers to not use their cell phones while driving as part of the fourth annual “It Can Wait” campaign in the state. Kilmartin kicked off this year’s effort on Sept. 25 …