texting while driving

Smart Driving

A state-by-state guide to laws targeting cell-phone use while driving.

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Skydiving to the ark: A Channel 19 2010 ‘Year in Review’

It's been a banner year for dramatic, contentious, weird and/or humorous trucking news here on the Channel 19 blog. I can't possibly predict how 2010 will be remembered years down the line, but read through the lens of this blog, well, it was nothing short of tumultuous, containing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. (Readers, an informal poll, if I may: what is the most memorable among the Channel 19 posts or ...

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FMCSA seeks handheld cell phone ban

Rule would prohibit interstate commercial trucker from reaching for, dialing or holding handheld cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle.

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DOT launches distracted driving video online

Online video series explores the consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving.

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Dentistry: latest in driving distractions

It's been texting for a couple years now, after it was CBs and Qualcomm units and cell phones, and now DOT is reportedly eyeing other in-cab distractions for potential regulation beginning later this year. Then there was that rash of ugly outcomes after haulers either choked on or were otherwise distracted by food -- oh a-and there were those reports of on-highway sexual acts, too -- and now, according to this story on the Canadian news site ...

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Delaware enacts texting law

Delaware is the 30th state to ban texting while driving.

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Massachusetts bans texting

Massachusetts is the 29th state to ban texting behind the wheel.

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FMCSA examines other in-truck distractions

The agency has asked its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee for ways to combat distracted driving.

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Louisiana beefs up ban on texting while driving

This law strengthens Louisiana’s 2008 texting ban, which allowed police to ticket drivers caught using their phones only if they were stopped for another offense.

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Georgia to ban texting

The new Georgia primary law, which is effective July 1, prohibits drivers of all ages from texting while driving.

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