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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 …

Delaware Gov. Supports Tougher Penalties for Texting While Driving

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is pledging his support for a bill to toughen penalties for texting or otherwise using a handheld phone while driving. After experiencing a virtual reality demonstration May 3 of the potentially fatal consequences of texting while …

Maine Police Step Up Distracted Driving Enforcement

The Augusta, Maine, Police Department says officers in the state’s capital city will be more focused on cracking down on distracted driving from now until September. Sgt. Christian Behr says extra patrols dedicated to limiting distracted driving will be deployed …

N.Y. Authorities Wrote 85K Tickets for Texting While Driving in 2015

The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — though more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last …

Distracted Driving a Problem as Crashes Increase on Texas Roads

In 2015, the number of vehicle crashes in Texas involving both injuries and fatalities continued an unfortunate trend of increases over past years, an insurer trade group reported. The Insurance Council of Texas says distracted driving is the cause of …