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Ohio Mutual Offering Premium Discounts with Cellcontrol Drive ID Technology Use

Cellcontrol and Ohio Mutual Insurance, based in Bucyrus, Ohio, are partnering on a program to reduce distracted driving by offering a 10 percent discount on auto policy premiums when insureds use Cellcontrol’s DriveID technology. In response to the unprecedented rise …

Teen Drivers Become More Daring After Few Years Behind Wheel

U.S. teenagers are more reckless after their first few years of driving, often becoming overconfident in their abilities and putting themselves at higher risk for accidents, a new study shows. More than half of high school seniors have car accidents …

Tennessee School Bus Drivers Using Mobile Devices Face Jail Under New State Law

Four former Tennessee school bus drivers charged with using electronic devices while behind the wheel could face 30-day jail terms if convicted under a new law. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday the defendants are charged via recently unsealed …

Georgia Lawmaker Panel to Study Distracted Driving

A panel of Georgia lawmakers plans to study the effect of drivers who are distracted by cell phones and other technology. House Speaker David Ralston appointed 7 Republicans and 3 Democrats to a study committee on the issue last week. …

Why Having Cell Phone Conversations While Driving Is Risky

It’s generally acknowledged that talking on a cell phone impedes driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is showing how even a simple conversation can affect the brain’s ability to focus on the roadway. UI researchers used …

Dodge City Community College Wins Kansas Don’t Text #Just Drive Contest

Dodge City Community College (DCCC) received the most votes by percentage of students enrolled to win the Kansas community college “Don’t Text #Just Drive” spring contest March 15-April 16, sponsored in part by the state insurance department. The Kansas Insurance …

Octo Telematics Offers Insurers Distracted Driving Scoring Feature

Octo Telematics is making available a distracted driving scoring and analysis feature within its suite of telematics products used by its more than 60 auto insurer customers. The scoring feature is available for both in-vehicle and mobile solutions that include …

Alcohol, Cell Phones Blamed for Increase in Pedestrian Deaths in Carolinas

Distracting cell phones and too much alcohol are being blamed for an increase in pedestrians being mowed down by moving vehicles across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports that U.S. pedestrian deaths grew at a faster rate …

New York Begins New Push to Stop Distracted Driving

New York is launching a statewide campaign against distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state and local police will be stepping up patrols and checkpoints through Monday in Operation Hang Up. …

Driver of Truck in Texas Bus Crash Admits Texting Behind the Wheel

A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving — highlighting the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the …