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Safety Group Says GM’s In-Car Shopping App Encourages Distracted Driving

A new in-car application from General Motors Co. that lets drivers order coffee and browse for hotels while behind the wheel has been met with outcry from a prominent safety group. The app, dubbed Marketplace, allows drivers to browse deals …

Oregon Cop Says New Phone Law Makes Smartphones Like ‘Hot Lava’

In the three years that Springfield police officer Mike Massey has been a motorcycle traffic enforcement officer, he’s seen it all when it comes to cellphone use and driving. In addition to witnessing drivers talking or texting on their cellphones …

Distracted Driving Is More Deadly Than Data Shows: Special Report

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up …

Traffic Accident Deaths Still Increasing as Distracted Driving Reports Decline

Traffic accident deaths in the U.S. continue to rise, even while deaths related to distracted driving decline. Pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths are way up. The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, producing …

LifeSaver and The Cincinnati Insurance Company Join Forces to Fight Fleet Distracted Driving

Cincinnati Insurance Promotes LifeSaver as a Loss Control Option to its Commercial Policyholders. San Jose, CA, September 12, 2017– LifeSaver and Cincinnati Insurance have joined forces to fight phone-related distracted driving. Cincinnati Insurance’s commercial policyholders can now enforce their cell …

Ohio Mutual Offering Premium Discounts with Cellcontrol Drive ID Technology Use

Cellcontrol and Ohio Mutual Insurance, based in Bucyrus, Ohio, are partnering on a program to reduce distracted driving by offering a 10 percent discount on auto policy premiums when insureds use Cellcontrol’s DriveID technology. In response to the unprecedented rise …

Teen Drivers Become More Daring After Few Years Behind Wheel

U.S. teenagers are more reckless after their first few years of driving, often becoming overconfident in their abilities and putting themselves at higher risk for accidents, a new study shows. More than half of high school seniors have car accidents …

Tennessee School Bus Drivers Using Mobile Devices Face Jail Under New State Law

Four former Tennessee school bus drivers charged with using electronic devices while behind the wheel could face 30-day jail terms if convicted under a new law. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday the defendants are charged via recently unsealed …

Georgia Lawmaker Panel to Study Distracted Driving

A panel of Georgia lawmakers plans to study the effect of drivers who are distracted by cell phones and other technology. House Speaker David Ralston appointed 7 Republicans and 3 Democrats to a study committee on the issue last week. …

Why Having Cell Phone Conversations While Driving Is Risky

It’s generally acknowledged that talking on a cell phone impedes driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is showing how even a simple conversation can affect the brain’s ability to focus on the roadway. UI researchers used …