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N.Y. Troopers Issue 17,447 Tickets During ‘Operation Hang Up’

New York State Police say they issued 17,447 tickets during their five-day “Operation Hang Up” distracted driving crackdown. From April 10 through April 15, troopers were on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, not properly buckled up, violating the …

Plymouth Rock Survey: 1 in 3 N.J. Drivers Report Having Texted While Driving

An annual study released this week by Plymouth Rock Assurance shows that 33 percent of New Jersey motorists surveyed admit to having read/texted messages while driving in the past. Plymouth Rock says that’s the highest percentage recorded since the company …

Maryland Authorities Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers

Maryland State Police are cracking down on distracted driving this month. During April, the agency says that troopers from all 22 barracks statewide will conduct additional patrols to identify distracted drivers. They say they’ll be on the lookout for people …

Erie Survey Finds Wide Range of Distracted Behaviors Behind Wheel

To discourage distracted driving in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Erie Insurance, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, recently asked drivers what they do behind the wheel. The online survey of 1,915 U.S. drivers aged 18 and older …

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Prison Time for Distracted Drivers in Fatal Crashes

Fatal crashes caused by illegal cellphone use should carry penalties similar to those imposed on drunk drivers who kill, a suburban lawmaker says. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Rep. Robert Marwick wants aggravated use of an electronic communication …

Nearly 200 Distracted Drivers Ticketed in Nevada

Nearly 200 people in the Reno-Sparks, Nev. area were cited for distracted driving during a special enforcement effort earlier this month. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office joined Reno and Sparks police in the distracted driving awareness …

Connecticut Bill Would Bar Driving With Pet on Lap

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to make it illegal for pets to ride in a vehicle while sitting on the driver’s lap. Under a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, people found driving with a pet on their …

Connecticut Bills Aim to Ramp Up Texting While Driving Fines

A Connecticut legislative committee is set to hear public testimony on several bills aimed at combating texting while driving in Connecticut. Several state lawmakers in Connecticut have submitted legislation this session that creates tougher penalties for texting while driving. One …

Texas Families Push for Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

Sitting behind pictures of loved ones killed in crashes, 15 Texas families tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to support a statewide texting-while-driving ban. “This is how I hold my baby now,” said Jeanne Brown, wiping away tears as she held a …

Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup

Michigan authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the …