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March 15, 2018

Minnesota House Committee Supports Hands-Free Driving Bill

A House panel recently advanced legislation that would make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving in Minnesota. The vote on March 13 came after four years of unsuccessful attempts.

March 14, 2018

Maryland Bill Pushes Stiffer Penalties for Texting-While-Driving

The Maryland House of Delegates gave the nod to a bill that raises fines for texting while driving to as much as $500 for the offense. The bill now moves to the Maryland Senate for review. This is the third year the bill has been introduced.

March 14, 2018

FleetWatch, LifeSaver Launch Cellphone Restricting App

FleetWatch Systems and LifeSaver have teamed up to launch Cell Restrict, a simplified smartphone prevention app for distracted driving. The new tool allows fleet managers to monitor cell phone use and ensure that their companies' driving safety policies are being properly followed.

March 5, 2018

Texting Ban Sails Through Florida House

A bill that would fully ban texting while driving in Florida swept to an easy victory in the state's House on March 1, when the legislative body voted 112-2 in favor of the legislation that would make texting while driving a primary offense.

February 14, 2018

Driver Assist Tech Can Increase Distraction

Drivers with access to semi-autonomous features such as automatic braking or a lane keeping system say that they're significantly more distracted while driving than drivers without the technology, according to a new study.

February 6, 2018

South Carolina Distracted Driving Bill Moving Forward

A bill that would prohibit South Carolina drivers from holding a cell phone in either hand while behind the wheel has been introduced by State Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) with heavy fines for violators. The bill would also ban reading, sending or writing texts.

February 2, 2018

Smack Innovations Offers Safer Way to Drive and Stay Connected

Startup Smack Innovations has begun offering RITW SafeConnect, a distracted driving system that clamps onto a steering wheel and works through voice commands and a few buttons to access the user's phone and installed apps, keeping the driver connected without risk of distracted driving, according to the company.

February 2, 2018

States with Highest Cell Phone Road Deaths Identified

One in 10 fatal car crashes in the U.S. each year are caused by distracted driving, and using cell phones while behind the wheel kills as many as 300 people annually in some states, according to a new report from Expert Market.

February 1, 2018

Cell Phone Use 6 Seconds Prior to Crashes Studied

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examines the relationship between using a cell phone while driving and the risk of being involved in a crash by comparing cell phone use immediately prior to crashes versus during ordinary driving.

January 30, 2018

Distracted Driving Victims Turned Safety Advocates

A former EMT and her daughter, both victims of a distracted-driving crash, are now safety advocates committed to preventing the problem and supporting other victims. They hope they can convince Pennsylvania legislators to raise distracted driving fines and ban handheld devices while driving. Video courtesy of Fox56 News.

January 24, 2018

Utah's Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign

The Utah Department of Transportation released new statistics on 2017 road deaths and launched a new plan to crack down on distracted driving. Video courtesy of News4Utah/

January 18, 2018

Buckle Up, Phone Down

A young man shares the story of how a momentary driving distraction -- answering his cell phone -- changed his life forever. Video courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation via YouTube.

January 17, 2018

Video: Audi Programmers Target Distracted Driving

The German automaker has written computer code designed to curb web browsing while driving, and the company is making the code available to any website.

January 17, 2018

How Audi Safety Code Works

Audi has developed computer code designed to curb web browsing while driving. Video via YouTube. For the full story, click here. 

January 17, 2018

Chicago Weighs Police Use of 'Textalyzers'

The City of Chicago is exploring whether local police should begin using so-called textalyzers -- devices that can quickly determine whether a driver's cell phone has just been used to text. But the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois argues such use of this technology would violate the civil rights of drivers. Video courtesy of CBS Philly.

January 15, 2018

Georgia Considers Handheld Phone Ban for Drivers

The state legislation also seeks to raise the distracted-driving fine from $150 to as much as $900 for repeat offenders.

January 8, 2018

How to Keep Fleet Accident Rates Low

Accident rates in the U.S. have been growing in recent years. Fleets now have to use best practices to tackle the increasingly difficult task of keeping their drivers safe while the roads they’re driving on become more dangerous.

January 1, 2018

Rocket Launch Distracts Freeway Drivers

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 22 provided a special light show for Californians -- and also distracted freeway drivers who couldn't resist turning their eyes skyward and off the road. This dashcam footage was shot on the 10 Freeway in Banning, Calif. Video via YouTube.

December 28, 2017

New Tools to Fight Distracted Driving

More tech companies are introducing safety features aimed at preventing distracted driving. Video by WRAL News.

December 27, 2017

Distracted Driving in Work Zones

When drivers are distracted while approaching a highway construction zone, the results can be deadly. Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. explains what happened Dec. 15 when a truck driver traveling on I-55 took his eyes off the road to reach for his cup of tea. Video courtesy of the Belleville News-Democrat ( For tips on driving through work zones, click here.


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