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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* …

Number of Iowa Drivers Penalized for Passing Stopped School Buses Declines

Fewer drivers are receiving the tough penalties Iowa lawmakers approved in 2012 for illegally passing school buses when they are stopped. The Des Moines Register reports that the number of people charged with violating the school bus law has declined, …

Man Playing Pokemon Go While Driving in NY Crashes Car Into Tree

A man is recovering from minor injuries he suffered when he crashed his brother’s car into a tree in central New York while playing Pokemon Go on his smartphone. Police in Auburn in the Finger Lakes region tell The Citizen …

Many Buggy Accidents in Indiana Caused by Distracted Driving

Two recent crashes on the same road in Indiana’s Elkhart County highlight the dangers of distracted driving accidents involving motor vehicles and horse-drawn buggies. On May 29, a 17-year-old girl who rear-ended a buggy carrying an Amish couple and their …

Iowa Distracted Driving Fatalities Doubled in 2015

The number of people killed or injured in accidents caused by use of electronic devices doubled in Iowa last year. Fourteen people were killed statewide in 2015, compared to seven the previous year, according to the Globe Gazette in Mason …

Sixth Sense Lessens Risk of Driving While Absentminded But Not While Texting

While much has been made about the dangers of texting and driving, less attention has been focused on the age-old distractions of being absentminded or upset while driving. A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and the …