texting while driving News

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 …

Car Cellphone Regulations Rejected by Arkansas House Committee

A dashboard video showing a state trooper narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a driver who was using a cellphone wasn’t enough to sway an Arkansas House committee that tougher laws are needed. The Public Transportation Committee voted 11-7 against …

Montana Lawmakers Consider Ban on Cellphones While Driving

Lawmakers are expected to consider a bill that would ban the use of cellphones by motorists across the state. Montana is the only state in the country that does not ban at least some drivers from texting. Several Montana cities …

Teens Say Parents Ignore Pleas to Stop Texting, Driving Under Influence

U.S. parents often ignore warnings from their teenage children by driving while texting or under the influence of marijuana, according to a survey released today by Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Forty-two percent of teen passengers said they have asked parents …

Ban on Texting While Driving Among New State Laws in New Mexico

A new law is ready to take effect that will ban texting while driving in New Mexico. Starting today, the law will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, even while at a stop light. Drivers also …

Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law

A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …

New Funding Allows Crackdown on Texting While Driving in North Dakota

Motorists routinely may see fellow drivers texting and driving, but police rarely do, making enforcement of North Dakota’s distracted driving law difficult to enforce, authorities say. “When a squad car is in the area, a driver usually will hide the …

South Carolina Locals Enact Own Texting Bans While State Stalls

After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the …

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 …