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2009-10-16 13:54:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Phoning while driving and texting behind the wheel are in the news. This is the highway safety issue of the moment, the subject of cartoons and, on a more serious side, the focus of legislation. A key question is whether such laws succeed in changing patterns of driver cellphone use. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers recently conducted a new round of observations of driver use of hand-held phones in 3 jurisdictions...

2009-10-14 12:46:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Auditor General Jack Wagner said today that he will ban all employees of the Department of the Auditor General from texting while driving. The ban, effective immediately, applies to all department employees operating state vehicles and those driving personal vehicles for work-related activities, Wagner said. Wagner said that, while he had not found texting while driving by his employees to be a problem, he was taking action because...

2009-10-01 15:44:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement by Judith L. Stone, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: "Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety welcomes today's announcement by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for taking quick and decisive action on banning texting and restricting cell phone use by operators of commercial motor vehicles. Advocates recently filed a petition for rulemaking requesting consideration of such action on the use of...

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2009-10-01 05:50:00

Distracted driving has become a serious issue on the road as people become more and more attached to their cell phones and handheld devices, and less likely to put them down while driving, the Obama administration declared on Wednesday. Officials are insisting that Congress and the public must work together to reduce the risk. In a 2-day meeting called to brainstorm on ways to cut back on the use of mobile devices while driving, The Transportation Department announced that almost 6,000...

2009-09-30 05:00:00

International Automakers laud DOT for hosting Summit on Distracted Driving ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) today announced its support for restrictions on the use of hand-held electronic devices for phone calls and text messaging by drivers while operating motor vehicles. The Association made its announcement on the same day that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood opened the much-anticipated...

2009-09-25 08:25:00

New AAA Research Shows Reduced Texting by Drivers After California Law Takes Effect WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AAA and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety are launching new legislative and communications campaigns to reduce distracted driving and improve safety on our roadways. AAA today announced that the motor club will work to pass laws banning text messaging by drivers in all 50 states by 2013, citing strong public support for the laws, the danger of distracted...

2009-09-25 06:00:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The vast majority of U.S. drivers believes handheld texting while driving is very dangerous and should be banned nationwide, according to a new national survey released today. The survey showed that 86 percent of U.S. drivers believe handheld texting while driving is "very dangerous" and 93 percent support a nationwide ban on texting. At the same time, only 42 percent of respondents believe drivers would stop texting behind the...

2009-09-24 10:11:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) today filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation to initiate federal rulemaking to prohibit or restrict the use of unsafe electronic devices, for talking, texting and other purposes, by operators of commercial motor vehicles, such as tractor trailers, motorcoach buses, and large vans. Advocates (www.saferoads.org) filed the petition for rulemaking with the Federal Motor...

2009-09-23 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Motor Company, through its nationwide Ford Driving Skills for Life initiative, has created a special training module designed to help teens recognize and avoid driving distractions. These methods will be demonstrated in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 29 Research shows that driver inattention leads to most accidents, more so with novice drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); auto...

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2009-09-11 13:05:00

New federal legislation pressuring states to ban texting while driving as a way to reduce dangerous driver distractions was backed by Ford Motors on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Ford safety executive Sue Cischke released a statement citing research that shows drivers who take their eyes off the road for extended periods increase the risk of accidents "“- which includes drivers who send text messages on hand-held devices while behind the wheel. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y....


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