distracted driving

Distracted driving meeting set

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration committee will meet June 8-10 to focus on distracted driving.

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Latest in distractions: One word, three letters, rhymes with ‘text’

Earlier this week, as Kansas became the 26th state to enact a behind-the-wheel anti-texting law applicable to all drivers, the folks at hands-free headset-maker Jabra released results of a survey/study conducted in April that threw a little wrench (and more!) into all the late discussion of worrisome activities drivers engage behind the wheel of fast-moving vehicles. While 28 percent of survey respondents admitted to text-messaging while driving, more than half that number, a full 15 percent of respondents, said they ...

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Report: Trucker in van crash talking on cell phone

The Kentucky state police report says another truck driver estimated the driver was traveling at 80 mph.

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Wisconsin to ban texting

Now half of the states prohibit texting while behind the wheel in some form.

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Michigan begins texting ban

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 30 signed an anti-texting bill into law, making the state the 24th with such a ban. The newly signed legislation explicitly prohibits a person from reading, writing or sending text messages while driving a vehicle in Michigan. Under the ban, texting while driving is a secondary offense that allows law enforcement officials to ticket drivers if they are pulled over for another offense. The new law prohibits texting while driving ...

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Crackdown on drivers using cell phones

Pilot programs in Hartford and Syracuse will test whether increased law enforcement can get drivers to reduce cell phone use.

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Wyoming enacts texting ban

In 2009, more than 200 distracted driving bills were considered by state legislatures.

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Deadly roads, best Interstate, stupid drivers

Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable took time to concur with our readers, who recently voted I-40 in Tennessee as the nation’s best highway segment in our annual Highway Report Card. However, if he didn’t know how diversely opinionated truckers are, he does now. He polled three of them at a truck stop about their favorite stretch of highway. None picked I-40 – in Tennessee or anywhere else. Meanwhile, the April issue of Reader’s Digest has its ...

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Distracted driving needs uniform restrictions

It’s a pity that it takes the heavy hand of government to ban practices that common sense would say are stupid, if not deadly. Such is the case with text messaging while driving, which the U.S. Dept. of Transportation recently outlawed for commercial drivers. Studies show that texting and related behaviors – talking on a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device – increase crash risk at a much higher rate for truckers than for ...

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Sample texting bill unveiled

The sample state law would authorize law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who are texting while driving.

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