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Washington Commissioner Supporting Strict Distracted Driving Bills

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is advocating for two distracted driving bills that the state Legislature is considering. House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and Senate Bill 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, would make the law about …

Kansas Traffic Fatalities Increased by 22% in 2016

Kansas recorded a 22 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016 compared with the previous years and some experts say the blame falls on drivers who are looking at their phones instead of the road. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad …

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Higher Fines for Distracted Driving

Some Connecticut lawmakers want to make it tougher for distracted drivers. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing today on several bills that would increase penalties for texting while driving, distracted driving or using a hand-held telephone …

PCI Viewpoint: Role of Government in Automated Driving Revolution

The following is the viewpoint of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) submitted to a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee at a Nov. 16 hearing on “The Automated & Self-Driving Vehicle Revolution:  What Is the Role of …

Rhode Island Man Who Streamed Drive, Crashed Had Suspended License

Police say a Rhode Island man who streamed himself on Facebook Live driving 114 mph before crashing into a garbage truck and a concrete barrier was driving with a suspended license. State police say 20-year-old Onasi Olio-Rojas, of Pawtucket, lost …

How to Get Teens to Take Dangers of Distracted Driving Seriously

A program to educate teens about distracted driving—including a tour of a hospital trauma center and testimony from a trauma survivor—can increase awareness of the dangers of texting, cell phone use, and other distractions while driving, reports a study in …

Smartphone Makers Reject Obama Call for Restrictions to Curb Distracted Driving

U.S. highway safety officials called on smartphone makers to add features that would keep motorists from using functions linked to a surge in deaths due to distracted driving, a proposal that drew immediate opposition from the electronics industry. The proposed …

Teens Who Use Phones While Driving Also Prone to Other Risky Behaviors

American teens who use their smartphones when they’re behind the wheel are also more likely to participate in other dangerous driving behaviors, like speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or failing to wear a seat belt, according …

Kansas Traffic Fatalities in 2016 Up 16%

Kansas transportation officials say more than 300 people have died in traffic accidents this year, a 16 percent increase over the same period in 2015. Kansas Department of Transportation traffic safety manager Chris Bortz said there was a 25 percent …

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* …