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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 …

Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving Passed by Texas House

The Texas House on March 15 passed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Members voted 113-32 to tentatively approve the legislation, which will get a final vote in the House before it can proceed to the Senate. A Senate committee has passed …

Texas Bill Banning Texting While Driving Statewide Goes to Senate

A bill that passed the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on March 13 aims to restrict texting while driving statewide. While several cities already have ordinances that restrict texting while behind the wheel, SB 31 by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini …

Montana Bill Would Overturn Bans on Using Cellphones While Driving

A Great Falls, Mont. lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prevent local governments from placing bans on talking or texting on a cellphone while driving. Republican Rep. Jeremy Trebas tells the Great Falls Tribune that studies have not shown …

Teen Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in Utah

More Utah teens have died in car crashes during the first nine months of this year than in all of 2015, according to new state data. A total of 26 teenagers have died on Utah roads so far in 2016, …

PEMCO Poll: Nearly Half of Northwest Drivers Use Phones Behind the Wheel

Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance announced that nearly half of Northwest drivers admit they illegally use their phones while driving – and a majority do it because they don’t think it’s “too dangerous.” That’s according to a poll the insurer commissioned in late …

Massachusetts Police Wrote 6,131 Tickets for Texting While Driving in 2015

Massachusetts state data show that the number of people getting ticketed by police for texting while driving in Massachusetts has steadily increased since it became illegal six years ago. The state Transportation Department says 6,131 were given tickets for texting …

There is No Way to Text And Drive Safely, but 660,000 Drivers Are Doing It

This post is part of a series sponsored by PersonalUmbrella.com We’ve all probably texted while driving — even though we know we shouldn’t because it’s dangerous. But how dangerous is it? According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation …

Maine Police Step Up Distracted Driving Enforcement

The Augusta, Maine, Police Department says officers in the state’s capital city will be more focused on cracking down on distracted driving from now until September. Sgt. Christian Behr says extra patrols dedicated to limiting distracted driving will be deployed …

Louisiana Lawmakers Back Motorist Bills: License Plate Scans; Texting; Seatbelts

Louisiana lawmakers have approved several bills related to driving safety. A proposal filed by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns to allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists’ license plates was passed by a vote of 30-3 in the Senate. Former …