Archive for 2009

Driving + Texting = Six Times More Likely to Crash

A new study from the University of Utah finds that people who send text messages while driving are six times more likely to get involved in a car accident.
It appears that drivers who were text messaging while driving were responsible for 86% of the crashes occurred while operating the vehicle, compared to only 14% for [...]

Texting and driving: you may be liable

7 Canadian provinces and nineteen U.S. states with Washington, D.C., have laws banning texting while driving.  But did you know that regardless of the legislation, individuals and businesses may be legally liable for texting and driving?
Distracted driving may be interpreted as negligence in civil law.  A motorist could face legal actions for texting while [...]

Texting on the job? See the consequences

In June 2008, a San Antonio, Texas bus driver was filmed texting for 6 minutes before slamming his bus into the rear of an SUV.  And this isn’t an isolated case.
In September 2008, a train driver killed 25 people, including him, and injured 135 others when his Metrolink commuter train plowed into a Union Pacific [...]

Obama bans texting while driving for federal employees

In October 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation held a 2-day summit on distracted driving that lead to a new rule that will affect about 4.5 million employees across the country.
President Barak Obama signed an executive order in October 2009 banning all federal employees from sending text messages while driving.  The decision is effective whether [...]

Texting is the most dangerous driving distraction

According to a study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, truckers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash or near crash than undistracted drivers.
Based on research between 2004 and 2007, the study compared driving practices for car and truck drivers.  It appears that when dialing, truck drivers are 5.9 times more [...]

A shocking PSA about texting and driving

It was all over the news in August 2009.  The police department from Gwent, a South Wales community of 550,000, made headlines with their explicit, graphic, and violent PSA about texting and driving.
In this short film, a 17 year-old teenage girl and her two friends are laughing over a text message the driver is sending [...]

Young drivers’ texting more than doubles the risk of crash

In 2004, an Australian poll showed that nearly 58% of young drivers between 16 and 21 years old have used text messaging on their cell phone while driving, which is almost twice the proportion of more experienced drivers (31%).  More recently, the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center reported that about a third of texting teens [...]


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