Archive for 2010

7,800 motorists fined for cell phone use while driving in Illinois

In January 2010, two news laws regarding distracted driving became effective in Illinois, one banning the use of cell phones in construction and school zones, and another one prohibiting texting while driving.  After almost a year, the results appear to be positive. 
Through Dec. 16, at least 6,865 drivers have been caught violating the construction and [...]

Will Indiana ban texting while driving?

There is hope that Indiana will ban texting while driving in 2011.  But in order to do so, Sen. Travis Holdman had to come up with a tougher solution: banning hand-held cell phone use while driving. 
During the 2010 legislation, a few bills were filed to ban texting while driving, but none of them could get [...]

Brooklyn teen facing 4 years in jail for texting while driving

A 19 year-old girl from Brooklyn, who was involved in a car accident because she was allegedly texting while driving, is now being charged of negligent homicide and may face up to 4 years in jail because of her driving distraction. 
According to the police report, the teen driver, who was driving a Toyota Camry, hit [...]

Demopolis, AL bans texting while driving

There is no statewide law against texting while driving in Alabama, but it doesn’t stop cities from coming up with their own ordinance on the subject.  Last week, the city of Demopolis became the latest to ban texting while driving. 
A driver caught texting while drivingin the city will face a fine up to $50 or [...]

Decatur bans texting while driving

After Chicago, Huntsville, Madison and Plainfield, the city of Decatur becomes the latest city in Illinois  ban texting while driving. 
As of December 1, motorists are prohibited from exchanging text messages, e-mail messages or browsing the Internet from an electronic device in a vehicle in motion.  The ordinance is a primary offense, meaning police officers will [...]

Texas drivers in favor of texting ban

Texas does not have a law against texting while driving, but some motorists wouldn’t mind if it became illegal. 
According to a recent survey from the Texas Transportation Institute, 53% of Texans would approve a ban on cell phone use while driving.  Most people are realizing the dangers of such activity.  More than a third of [...]

Berea City, OH considering texting ban

In Berea, Ohio, a city ordinance to ban texting while driving failed in the past, as it was expected that the state would come up with a law on the issue.  Since Ohio lawmakers are slow to make a move, the city council is considering the ban once again.
Councilman Nick Hascka brought the issue back [...]

Texas considering texting ban

In the state of Texas, only drivers under the age of 17 are banned from using a cell phone or texting while driving.  This may change when the next Legislative session starts. 
At least two news bills have been filed regarding texting while driving for the 2011 Legislature.  Under the House Bill 243, proposed by Representative [...]

Wisconsin’s texting ban effective today

Reminder to all Wisconsin drivers:  as of today, texting while driving is illegal on the roads.
On December 1, Assembly Bill 496, which was signed into legislation by Gov. Jim Doyle on May 5th, becomes effective.  The new law prohibits a person from driving while composing or sending a text message.  Drivers caught texting while driving [...]

New Brunswick last province to ban texting while driving

Since Alberta adopted its new distracted driving law, New Brunswick was the last Canadian province where texting while driving was allowed.  That will change soon.
Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors announced last week that the Conservative government will amend the Motor Vehicle Act in order to fight driving distractions such as texting while driving.
Under the proposed [...]


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