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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...

2010-02-10 11:36:00

Partnership Promotes Corporate Cell Phone Driving Safety ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council (NSC) announced today it has entered into a strategic alliance with Aegis Mobility to introduce Aegis Mobility's DriveAssist(TM) Guardian to NSC's 20,000 member organizations. DriveAssist Guardian(TM) enables cell phones to automatically detect when a cell phone user is in a moving vehicle and provides a responsible alternative to managing text messages,...

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2010-02-09 15:18:52

A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. The study, conducted by Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at Illinois, analyzed the...

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2010-01-30 07:15:00

As state legislators across the United States enact laws banning cellphone use while driving, a new Highway Loss Data Institute study finds no reductions in crashes after hand-held phone bans take effect. Released on Friday, the study reviewed insurance claims from crashes before and after these bans took effect in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. The study concluded that accident rates did not drop after the laws were set in motion. Adrian Lund wrote, "The laws aren't...

2010-01-28 23:01:00

New Findings Support Need For Total Ban ITASCA, Ill., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council applauds the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its continued efforts to understand cell phone use and crash risk. IIHS, a leader in vehicle safety, was one of the first safety research organizations to report that hands-free cell phone use does not make drivers any safer. The Highway Loss Data Institute, affiliated with IIHS, today announced a study that reports no...

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2010-01-27 05:55:00

The Department of Transportation said Tuesday that truck and bus drivers will be prohibited from using their mobile phones to communicate via text messages while operating commercial vehicles. The ban, effective immediately, will apply to drivers of interstate trucks and buses over 10,000 pounds. Those who choose to break the law and continue to text while driving their commercial vehicles may be subject to criminal penalties up to $2,750. Texting is a serious matter when it comes to the...

2010-01-26 09:35:00

Appeal is part of AAA's national campaign to pass laws against texting while driving in all 50 states WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Business leaders should play an important role in improving traffic safety, AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet today told members of the Economic Club of Oklahoma in calling upon them to help eliminate the dangerous practice of texting while driving. Darbelnet addressed the group as part of AAA's nationwide campaign to pass laws banning...


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