distracted driving

Modest proposal: ‘Ban truck driving’

The comments on the news of the handheld cellphone ban while driving for the interstate pilots of the nation's tractor-trailer rigs continue to come in. (Read them for yourself here, including among them at the very end a reaction by driver Wayne Leverton to witnessing a state patrol officer in Washington State use both hands to manipulate a mounted laptop over a mile or two of straight highway.) Reactions run the gamut from muted support to ...

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Fed agency measures distracted-driving deaths

New data released by NHTSA using its refined methodology show an estimated 3,092 fatalities in distraction-affected crashes in 2010.

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Idaho, Tennessee to mount holiday patrols

Idaho police statewide will conduct an enforcement campaign to target impaired driving Nov. 19-27.

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NTSB urges ban on cell phone use

Board recommended banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers except in emergencies.

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Texting temptation: A little ditty — and more — to help you resist

A little good humor today -- with a safety message to boot. Admit it: We've all been tempted when it comes to texting while driving, right? What will it hurt to answer the spouse's question with a quick "N-O" or, yes, the opposite? Next time that thought fires in your head, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based high school science teacher and viral-video maven Marsh Carroll, along with the folks at ZoomSafer, are hoping you'll hum a little ditty Carroll put ...

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Speakout

Truckers weigh in on such issues as sleep apnea, distracted driving, 9/11 and safety measures.

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Maine to ban texting

The law makes Maine the 33rd state to prohibit texting behind the wheel.

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Survey: Firms know of cell phone use

Survey results show that 62 percent of companies have written policies prohibiting employees from using a mobile phone while driving on the job.

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Xata offers mobile phone software

Xata Corp., a provider of trucking compliance and fleet optimization software, announced it is integrating and reselling ZoomSafer’s software, FleetSafer Mobile and FleetSafer Vision, which are designed to reduce distracted driving. FleetSafer Mobile is designed to enforce a fleet’s safe-driving policies and runs alongside Xata Turnpike on mobile and smartphones. Xata Turnpike currently runs on consumer-grade and rugged mobile phones without driver interaction when the vehicle is in motion. With FleetSafer Mobile, no other third-party applications, ...

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Latest distraction: Hauler takes on-highway health to new heights

Some truck drivers in Germany are on a health kick perhaps more extreme than that of their U.S. counterparts. Near the western city of Munster, the website of Germany's English-language daily the Local reported, a hauler was spotted on the autobahn weaving as he overtook vehicles ahead. As police gave chase, the unmistakable glint of chrome dumbbells was observed reflecting the sun in the cab compartment as the driver got his workout in at high ...

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