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2009-08-26 00:18:40

Studies show texting is the worst driving distraction but a survey in Washington indicates more people in the state say they text while driving. A survey by Pemco Insurance in Seattle, conduct in June, reveals 18 percent of drivers in Washington state who use electronic devices admit to reading or sending text messages while driving. We're concerned about this trend, especially since many young drivers are part of a generation that uses texting so heavily, Pemco spokesman Jon Osterberg says...

2009-07-31 15:46:00

ARLINGTON, Va., July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Trucking Associations strongly supports the safety objectives in new legislation that encourages states to ban texting while operating a motor vehicle. Introduced on July 29, by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), the "Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting (ALERT) by Drivers Act of 2009" would create federal funding penalties for states that...

2009-07-29 12:07:00

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is attributable to Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA): This week's release of a landmark study on cell phone use and distracted driving by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) provides important new data about the problem, but also raises significant questions about countermeasures to address the dangers associated with cell phone use and texting while driving....

2009-07-29 09:15:21

Although U.S. vehicle crashes have declined, 35 percent of drivers say they feel less safe than five years ago, officials of a vehicle safety group said. The second-annual Traffic Safety Culture Index released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said 80 percent of motorists rating distracted driving as a very serious threat to their safety. However, more than half of those who admitted to reading or sending text messages or e-mails while driving acknowledged they were much more likely...

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2009-07-29 05:50:00

According to a report released on Tuesday, text messaging while driving increases the risk of an auto accident even more than talking on a cell phone while driving. The study, which was conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), found that texting while driving increased the risk of an accident by more than 23 times. "Text messaging on a cell phone was associated with the highest risk of all cell phone related tasks," says the VTTI. "The tasks that draw the driver's eyes...

2009-07-27 17:06:00

Eighty-Seven Percent Rated Texting or E-mailing a Very Serious Threat, Ranked Almost Even with Drunk Driving WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-five percent of drivers said they feel less safe than they did five years ago, according to the second-annual 2009 Traffic Safety Culture Index released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Overall, the majority of American motorists report that they feel no safer now than they did five years ago. In an effort to...

2009-07-23 09:15:53

Australia's largest study of young drivers has shown that risky driving habits are putting young drivers at a significantly increased risk of crashing, irrespective of their perceptions about road safety. The study surveyed 20,000 young drivers and examined their crashes reported to police. Young drivers involved in the study who said they undertook risky driving were 50% more likely to crash.Previous research has confirmed risky, dangerous driving behavior is more prevalent among younger...

2009-07-13 23:19:43

Drivers are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident if they are text messaging, show Michigan State Medical Society statistics. Dr. Richard E. Smith, a Detroit obstetrician/gynecologist and president of the Michigan State Medical Society, said the study by the Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group found text messaging while driving leads the list as the biggest distraction while driving. The recent study revealed that text-messaging...

2009-07-13 12:58:00

EAST LANSING, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Text messaging and driving is a deadly mix, according to the Michigan State Medical Society. Statistics show that drivers are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident if they are text messaging. Distracted drivers account for almost 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Top distractions among drivers are...

2009-04-28 11:37:00

ITASCA, Ill., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study reported in the National Safety Council's Journal of Safety Research suggests drivers tend to overestimate their driving skills and underestimate their distraction caused by other activities while they drive. The study suggests that drivers may engage in other distracting activities while they drive because they don't accurately perceive the danger of doing so. Led by William J. Horrey of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for...


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