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Latest Mobile phones and driving safety Stories

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...

2009-04-13 16:25:00

Wireless Carrier Urges State Lawmakers To Pass Legislation Prohibiting All Motorists From Texting While Driving RIDGELAND, Miss., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular South, which supported a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety pushing for passage of restrictions on cell phone texting while driving, hailed Gov. Haley Barbour's decision Monday to sign into law a bill that bans some new drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel....

2009-03-19 13:30:00

Legislation Aims To Promote Improved Safety By Protecting Motorists From Distracted Drivers JACKSON, Miss., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A bipartisan coalition of Mississippi state lawmakers, Cellular South and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is supporting efforts to win passage of a bill that would restrict cell phone texting while driving by teenagers. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090319/CG86339) Led by State Senate Pro Tempore Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, the...

2009-01-12 07:30:00

Statement for Attribution to Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Governors Highway Safety Association applauds the National Safety Council (NSC) for taking a strong stand against cell phone use while driving. The NSC has a long history of safety advocacy, and GHSA looks forward to working with the NSC to educate drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. While the effectiveness of banning...