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South Dakota AG’s Cellphone Use Before Deadly Crash Questioned

Investigators questioning South Dakota’s attorney general after a fatal car crash pressed him on how he did not realize he had struck a man and whether he had been reading email and checking news sites on his phone immediately before, …

Idaho Distracted Driving Law Kicks in, Insurers May Consider Citations in Rates

Starting Jan. 1, drivers violating Idaho’s hands-free device, distracted driving law risked getting a citation. The law has been in effect since July 1, but Idaho State Police troopers have been issuing warnings to drivers about the dangers of distracted …

Holding a Phone While Driving Will Soon Be Illegal in Virginia

It will soon be illegal in Virginia to hold a phone while driving. WAVY-TV reported that the new state law takes effect in January. Authorities say that making the practice illegal and enforceable is an important step toward reducing deaths …

Despite Warnings and Laws, Drivers Continue to Be Distracted by Phones

Despite education programs and state laws, phone-based driving distraction is still on the rise—and is likely responsible for far more accidents than widely reported, says a new study from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT). CMT’s analysis of 54 million trips recorded …

Report: South Dakota AG Distracted Before Fatal Crash

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was distracted before he drove onto a highway shoulder where he struck and killed a pedestrian in September, state Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price said on Nov. 2. Price said 55-year-old Joseph Boever …

New Jersey Driver Accused of Texting Gets Prison in Pedestrian’s Death

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced to five years in prison in the death of a pedestrian that prosecutors said occurred as the driver was texting – an accusation the defendant denied on the stand. Alexandra Mansonet, 51, of …

New Indiana State Law Bans Use of Handheld Phone While Driving

Using a handheld cellphone while driving is now illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law that took effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving went onto the books on July 1 after being approved by …

Cellphone While Driving Ban Goes into Effect in Idaho

Effective July 1 using a handheld phone while operating a moving motor vehicle in Idaho is prohibited. Idaho drivers will receive warnings until Jan. 1, 2021. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association is applauding the change. “Distracted driving and the …

Ban on Holding Cellphone While Driving Begins July 1 in Indiana

Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure on March 18, making Indiana the 22nd state to …

Parents in South Dakota Plead for Tougher Texting While Driving Penalties

Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was “the greatest kid …