distracted driving News

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 …

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 …

Arizona Rest Areas Promoted in Safety Campaign

Hoping to reduce distracted driving, Arizona transportation officials are promoting the state’s 14 highway rest areas as safe places to make phone calls, send texts and check email while traveling. According to the state Department of Transportation, new “Safe Phone …

Maryland State Police Issuing More Tickets for Distracted Driving

Maryland State Police troopers have issued more electronic tickets for distracted driving in the last seven months than they did in all of 2013, according to agency data reflecting enforcement of a new state law targeting drivers using handheld cellphones. …

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 …

Why Hands-Free Cell Phones Are Not Safer: Safety Council

A National Safety Council public opinion poll indicates that 80 percent of drivers across the country believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone despite evidence this is nit true. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices …