Posts Tagged ‘driving’

Texting while driving may be deadly

A study from the Eastern Virginia Medical School reveals texting while driving poses a danger to both drivers and pedestrians.
Subjects between 16 and 18 years of age with at least six months driving experience used a driving simulator and were exposed to 4 separate 10-minute driving tests: undistracted, talking on a cell phone, text messaging [...]

Texting while driving banned for truckers, bus drivers

On January 26th 2010, the US government officially barred bus drivers and truckers from sending text messages while driving, proving its commitment to the issue of distracted driving.
Transportation secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement fulfilled a promise made last fall during the Distracted Driving Summit.  In September 2009, the Department of Transportation said it would consider restricting [...]

New York State’s Illogical View on Texting

While the state approved a legislation banning the use of all electronic devices – including cell phones – while driving in November 2009, government agencies are still sending out text alerts to thousands of drivers.
New Yorkers can subscribe to Notify NYC, a service that sends text messages to commuters about traffic alerts. 
Speaking to the NY [...]

Oprah Winfrey’s No Texting Pledge

In January 2010, The Oprah Show dedicated a full hour to the dangers of texting while driving.
Winfrey said that studies show people who text while driving are 8 times more likely to get in a crash than undistracted drivers.   According to recent statistics, 6,000 die and 500,000 are injured each year because of distracted driving.  [...]

AAA wants to ban texting while driving by 2013

The American Automobile Association is on a mission to put a nation-wide ban on texting while driving in the next 3 years.
Citing a 2008 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reporting that car accidents caused by drivers who were using their cellphone while driving accounted for 5,870 fatalities and 515,000 injuries nationwide, AAA [...]

Texting almost four times more dangerous than drunk driving

In a 2008 study, researchers compared 3 types of problematic behaviors: texting while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving under the influence of cannabis.  Their results showed that cellphone were more distracting than alcohol or cannabis while driving
According to the RAC Foundation, the reaction mechanism when texting while driving is 45.9% slower [...]

U.S. drivers think texting while driving should be banned; voice technology seen as safer

A national survey released in September 2009 showed that that 86 % of U.S. drivers believe handheld texting while driving is “very dangerous” and 93% would support a nationwide ban on texting.
It seems that even with a national ban on texting while driving, people do not think the unsafe practice would disappear.  Only 42% believe [...]

American Trucking Association rallies to ban distracted driving

In 2009, a spokesman for the American Trucking Association told the New York Times that the trucking industry should be exempted of a legislation that would ban the use of electronic devices, including cell phones, while driving.
Clayton Boyce argued that truckers use computers to keep in touch with dispatchers and for driving directions.  Boyce said [...]

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 [...]


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