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Latest Mobile phones and driving safety Stories

2010-06-08 14:19:00

Act provides incentive grants to states that adopt a ban on texting and handheld cell phone use for all drivers and a total cell phone ban for drivers younger than 18. ITASCA, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council today announced its support for the Distracted Driving Prevention Act. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), would provide incentive grants to states that adopt a ban on texting and handheld cell phone use for all drivers and a...

2010-05-13 10:19:00

GRAPEVINE, Texas, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FocusDriven - Advocates for Cell-Free Driving today announced its appointment of Jacy Good as a board member. Good became an advocate of distracted driving after she was severely injured and her parents were killed in a May 2008 crash caused by a driver using a cell phone. The crash occurred as the family was returning to their Lancaster County home from Good's college graduation. A tractor-trailer swerved to avoid a minivan that ran a...

2010-05-05 10:02:00

MADISON, Wis., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- AAA Wisconsin applauds Governor Doyle and Wisconsin legislators for their commitment to keep Wisconsin's roads safe by passing AB496 into law, which bans text messaging while driving for all drivers. With the passage of this bill into law, Wisconsin becomes the 25th state to expressly prohibit texting while driving for all drivers. "AAA Wisconsin applauds the Wisconsin Assembly and Governor Doyle for banning texting while driving, which will...

2010-04-27 10:00:00

NORTHBROOK, Ill. and WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined singing sensation Jordin Sparks, Congressional leaders and Allstate senior executives to urge Americans to take a pledge not to text and drive. "Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic, and we need to work together to stop thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths every year," said Secretary LaHood. "I applaud the efforts of Allstate to encourage...

2010-04-22 10:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Driver distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. The National Safety Council estimates that up to 25 percent of all crashes in 2008 involved talking on cell phones or texting. To combat this growing threat on our roadways, the State of California has added Distracted Driving as the first new area for concentrated effort to the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Distracted Driving...

2010-04-09 09:38:00

NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A new Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study lends further evidence that voice-controlled Ford's SYNC® helps drivers minimize electronics-related distractions compared to manually operating hand-held cell phones and music players. The researchers found that participants took their eyes off the road an average of 10 times longer while manually selecting a song from their MP3 players compared to using SYNC's voice...

2010-03-26 12:55:00

ITASCA, Ill., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council today released a white paper describing the risks of using a cell phone while driving. The white paper, "Understanding the distracted brain: Why driving while using hands-free cell phones is risky behavior," addresses the lack of understanding about the dangers of cell phones and hands-free devices. The white paper includes references to more than 30 scientific studies and reports, describing how using a cell...

2010-02-23 15:56:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- AAA Michigan today (February 23) applauded members of the Michigan Senate Committee for their unanimous vote which would ban all motorists from sending and reading text messages while driving in Michigan. To date, similar legislation is pending in the Michigan House, but today's Senate action brings the state one step closer to a ban. The Senate Committee vote to tie-bar all of the bills together means that the bills must pass together as a...

2010-02-23 06:52:00

ST. PETERS, Mo., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Teens and cars: the combination has never been more risky than it is today. In addition to the distractions provided by passengers, music and roadside scenery, the cell phone has added one more dangerous distraction for these inexperienced drivers. And the distraction provided by the cell phone has increased with the popularity of texting and the introduction of smart phones that can do anything from play music to email, to take and store pictures....

2010-02-16 15:47:32

Clemson University researchers have developed a hands-free alternative to cell phone texting while driving. "If you can't keep people from doing it, make it safer," said Juan Gilbert, professor and chairman of the human-centered computing division of Clemson's School of Computing. He said one problem with banning texting while driving is that people are likely to continue doing it. He said it will be difficult for police to enforce a ban unless they actually see someone in the act. Gilbert...