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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 …

Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

Driveway Software Launches Smartphone Platform for Usage-Based Insurance Market

San Francisco-based , a provider of smartphone-based telematics products for the usage-based insurance market, has introduced its SmartUBI Platform, a complete insurance telematics platform which includes a smartphone usage-based insurance (UBI) application, and cloud based analytics and portals. Driveway’s SmartUBI …

Oklahoma Senate Rejects Phone Ban for Teen Drivers

The Oklahoma Senate has rejected a proposal that would have prevented teenagers from using cell phones while driving. The Senate voted 22-20 for the bill by Tulsa Republican Brian Crain, falling short of the 25 votes needed for passage. Senate …

North Dakota Becomes 31st State to Ban Texting While Driving

North Dakota the 31st state to ban texting behind the wheel, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who praised North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple for signing a new law banning the practice. The new law, which becomes effective August …

Idaho Bill Says Driving & Texting OK, As Long As Driver Isn’t Distracted

An Idaho House representative has proposed a bill to allow people to text and drive — as long as they’re not distracted. House Bill 141, proposed by Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, says no person operating a motor vehicle shall use …