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550 Cited in Minnesota for Texting While Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving. The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted …

Louisiana Truck-Bus Crash Caused by Texting, State Police Say

Texting while driving is thought to be cause of an accident in Louisiana involving a Calcasieu Parish school bus and a pickup truck that sent one student and the bus driver to the hospital. State Police Sgt. James Anderson tells …

One Driving Safety Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma, Another Pushed Back

The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee. The positive vote on Senate Bill 1601, …

Poll: Most Mississippians Support Ban on Texting While Driving for All Motorists

A new survey released this month says most Mississippians support tightening the state’s law on texting while driving. Currently Mississippi prohibits texting while driving for those with a learner’s permit or an intermediate license, according to the state’s Department of …

Oklahoma Senate Committee OKs Texting and Driving, School Zone Cell Phone Bills

The Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee has approved legislative measures that would ban texting while driving, as well as the use of cell phones while driving in school zones. Senate Bill 442, by Sen. Ron Sharp, would make it unlawful …

Stricter Texting While Driving Measure Advances in Iowa

Iowa lawmakers granted initial approval of a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving by allowing officers to pull over motorists suspected of that sole offense. A three-member Senate transportation subcommittee unanimously approved the measure. It goes …

N.H. Court Upholds Assault Conviction in Texting-While-Driving Case

New Hampshire’s highest court is upholding the assault conviction of a driver who was reading a text message as his car drifted across two lanes and into oncoming traffic. The state Supreme Court’s ruling means that 30-year-old Chad Belleville will …

North Carolina Driver Apologizes for Death Due to Texting

A Belmont, North Carolina woman charged with hitting and killing a pedestrian has apologized. Forty-five-year-old Belinda Strange Hudspeth apologized to the victim’s family in court on Monday. Seventy-five-year-old Lavon Ramsey died Saturday when she was struck by a SUV on …

Mississippi Senate Backs Fine for Texting While Driving

The Mississippi Senate has voted to make texting a driving a crime _ but not much of one. Senate Bill 2434 says anyone caught sending a text message or checking a social media site while driving can be charged with …

Texting While Driving Ban Goal of South Dakota Lawmaker

A South Dakota lawmaker plans to press “send” again and try to persuade his colleagues in the Legislature to join 41 other states and ban texting while driving. Similar measure have failed in recent legislative sessions, but Sen. Mike Vehle, …