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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 …

Washington Commissioner Supporting Strict Distracted Driving Bills

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is advocating for two distracted driving bills that the state Legislature is considering. House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and Senate Bill 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, would make the law about …

Kansas Traffic Fatalities Increased by 22% in 2016

Kansas recorded a 22 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016 compared with the previous years and some experts say the blame falls on drivers who are looking at their phones instead of the road. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad …

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Higher Fines for Distracted Driving

Some Connecticut lawmakers want to make it tougher for distracted drivers. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing today on several bills that would increase penalties for texting while driving, distracted driving or using a hand-held telephone …