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Upward Trend in Highway Fatalities Draws Concern in Delaware

AAA Mid-Atlantic says Delaware drivers need to slow down and pay better attention when behind the wheel. Alarmed by an upward trend in road deaths this year, the motor club says too many drivers are engaging in unsafe behavior, including …

New York Police Issued More Than 10K Tickets Over July 4th Weekend

New York state troopers say they issued more than 10,000 tickets over the July 4th holiday weekend. State police once again this year beefed up enforcement against holiday drivers who were impaired, distracted, speeding or who were not buckled up. …

Safety Experts Warn Smart Car Dashboard Screens Distract Drivers

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

N.H. Law Banning Drivers’ Use of Hand-Held Devices Goes Into Effect

New Hampshire is now the 15th state to bar drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving. The new “hands-free” law, in effect as of Wednesday, July 1, applies to all hand-held devices, including GPS units, tablets and laptops. Violators face …

N.Y. Launches Statewide Multimedia Campaign Against Impaired Driving

New York is launching a statewide multimedia campaign to remind motorists of the deadly impacts of impaired driving. The campaign funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will use billboards, radio, television and social media. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Report: More Distracted Drivers Than Ever on Pennsylvania Roads

Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel! A new report says more people in Pennsylvania are being caught for distracted driving than ever before. The report from the state’s court system says 1,410 drivers were cited for texting while …

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 …