texting while driving News

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 …

N.Y. Authorities Wrote 85K Tickets for Texting While Driving in 2015

The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — though more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last …

Distracted Driving a Problem as Crashes Increase on Texas Roads

In 2015, the number of vehicle crashes in Texas involving both injuries and fatalities continued an unfortunate trend of increases over past years, an insurer trade group reported. The Insurance Council of Texas says distracted driving is the cause of …

Missouri Senators Debate Government Role in Road Safety

Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety. Two bills — one sponsored by Republican Sen. …

Pennsylvania Police Challenged in Catching Texting Motorists

Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Assistant District Attorney Heath Long could not prove that a young man was texting when he careened his pickup into another, killing a grandfather and his teenaged granddaughter. “What we did know is a very short period …

Utah’s Texting While Driving Stops Rise Again in 2015

More people were pulled over for texting, emailing or checking Facebook on their cellphones behind the wheel on Utah’s highways in a six-month snapshot of 2015, marking a second year of growth in stops since the law was tightened, according …

Distracted Driving Ban Takes Effect in Arizona City

A new ordinance banning the use of any mobile device while driving a vehicle in Tempe went into effect over the weekend. A distracted driving ordinance approved by Tempe City Council members last month began Saturday. The law prohibits texting, talking or …

Alaska City Considering $500 Ticket for Texting While Driving

Texting while driving in Anchorage, Alaska may land drivers a $500 traffic ticket under a proposal that shifts the violation from criminal to traffic court. The Alaska Dispatch News reported assembly members will discuss the texting and driving proposal Tuesday …

Massachusetts Considers Ban on Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to back legislation that would require drivers to use hand-free phones in the state. Foxborough, Massachusetts, resident Jerry Cibley’s 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 as he …