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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 …

Pennsylvania Police Challenged in Catching Texting Motorists

Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Assistant District Attorney Heath Long could not prove that a young man was texting when he careened his pickup into another, killing a grandfather and his teenaged granddaughter. “What we did know is a very short period …

Mass. Senate to Consider Ban on Using Handheld Cellphones While Driving

Motorists in Massachusetts may soon have to put down their cellphones when they’re on the road. A bill prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while driving would also make it illegal to enter information by hand into a …

Utah’s Texting While Driving Stops Rise Again in 2015

More people were pulled over for texting, emailing or checking Facebook on their cellphones behind the wheel on Utah’s highways in a six-month snapshot of 2015, marking a second year of growth in stops since the law was tightened, according …

Texas Safety Officials: Nearly 16K Vehicles Stolen in December 2014

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the potential for vehicle thefts is high in December. The DPS reported that 5,717 automobiles, pickups and motorcycles were recorded stolen in December 2014, making it one of the highest months for vehicle …

N.Y. State Police Issued 14K Tickets During Thanksgiving Weekend

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the New York State Police issued more than 14,000 tickets as a result of increased enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend. The enforcement period kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and ran through …