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2013-02-04 12:20:41

Safety professionals will learn importance of employer corporate cell phone policies ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council is pleased to announce that National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman will speak at the Employer Cell Phone Policy Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. More than 150 employers from a variety of industries across California are expected to attend the free seminar...

Are You Good At Multitasking? Maybe Not
2013-01-24 10:10:12

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While reading this article, you may switch over to your email to check for messages, browse Facebook, and possibly do some task related to work. Does that make you an effective multitasker? About 70 percent of people rate themselves above average at multitasking, according to a study conducted by professors in the psychology department at the University of Utah. The study finds that the number of people who believe themselves to...

2012-11-16 08:20:27

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the busiest travel season of the year, State Farm has released its annual research report on distracted driving, with troubling results. Though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation's highways, people are also webbing while driving with increasing frequency. These behaviors may pose equal or greater concerns in the effort to reduce distracted driving. To view the multimedia assets associated with this...

2012-10-23 15:20:27

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides initial evidence that New Jersey's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal requirement lowers crash rates among intermediate (i.e., probationary) teen drivers and supports the ability of police to enforce GDL provisions. The study, which linked New Jersey's licensing and crash record databases to measure effects of the requirement, was published today in the American...

2012-09-06 06:20:25

Organization Supports New State Legislation WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During its recent Annual Meeting, the membership of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) strengthened its policy positions in two emerging areas of highway safety: distracted driving and drugged driving. Distracted Driving GHSA's new policy broadens its support of distracted driving legislation to include a call for handheld bans for all drivers. Previously, the...

Over Half Of High School Seniors Admit To Texting While Driving
2012-06-08 12:58:09

The deadly trend of texting while driving is continuing to be problematic, as over half of high school seniors admitted to the habit in a new survey. A government survey found that about 58 percent of high school seniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month. "We need to teach kids, who are the most vulnerable drivers, that texting and driving don't mix," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at news conference on Thursday. At the conference,...

2012-05-22 06:20:18

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With school days dwindling and young minds dreaming of graduation or summer vacation, PennDOT today reminded all young drivers to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions while behind the wheel. "Driving is a huge responsibility that requires split-second decisions and a driver's full attention," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "Being distracted while driving, even for a second, is a potentially deadly...

Do You Constantly Worry About Your Cellphone? You Could Have Nomophobia
2012-05-09 07:30:11

Going too long without their cellphone is something that many people fear, and that fear -- labeled as nomophobia (the fear of being out of contact with someone via mobile phone)  -- is on the rise, according to a study by SecurEnvoy, a company that deals in mobile phone technology. Cellphone mobility is now a huge part of our daily lives, but for many, staying connected is becoming a huge obsession. And many, 66 percent of those surveyed, said they do have “nomophobia.”...

2012-04-30 10:26:46

Young drivers using simulators make many mistakes regardless of whether phone is in view Some people have questioned whether a ban on texting while driving will actually lead to more crashes because drivers will conceal their cell phones, making it more dangerous to read and type messages. Research led by high school students, however, shows that texting while driving is unsafe regardless of where the phone is positioned. The study, part of a project called Generation tXt, will be...

2012-04-30 10:24:41

Anticipation of cell phone use may contribute to motor vehicle crashes It's well-known that using a cell phone while driving can lead to motor vehicle crashes. New research – to be presented Sunday, April 29, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston – shows that even anticipating calls or messages may distract drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Jennifer M. Whitehill, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center...