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September 9, 2009

Behind-the-Wheel Texting Banned in NY

ALBANY, NY --- New York Gov. David A. Paterson on Aug. 27 signed into law a bill that bans drivers from reading or sending text or picture messages on their handheld device or laptop while they're operating a vehicle.

September 1, 2009

DWT Proven to Increase Accidents

While using cell phones in general greatly contributes to vehicle accidents, driving while texting (DWT) poses a higher risk than just talking on the phone while driving.

August 28, 2009

Texting While Driving Doubles in 18 Months

SEATTLE - Despite an increasing number of drivers who believe reading and sending text messages while driving is unsafe, the dangerous activity has more than doubled over the past 18 months in one state.

August 27, 2009

Study: Commercial Fleet Drivers Distracted 8% of Total Driving Time

A study by the FMCSA discovered the use of SmartDrive Measured Safety Program is highly effective in reducing key distractions such as hand-held mobile phone use. Additionally, the program includes an action plan for fleets.

August 18, 2009

Distracted Driving Focus of Workplace Safety Campaign

MCLEAN, VA - The annual Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW), Oct. 5-9, takes aim at distracted drivers, a factor in more than three-fourths of all vehicle crashes in the U.S. and a cost to employers in the billions of dollars.

August 12, 2009

Employee Driving Safety Campaign Set for October

McLEAN, VA --- The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is sponsoring Drive Safely Work Week during Oct. 5-9. The national traffic safety campaign will focus on educating employees about safe driving, whether they drive for work or just to and from work.

August 5, 2009

N.H. Gov. Lynch Signs Texting Ban Law

CONCORD, N.H. --- New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch on July 31 signed into law a bill making New Hampshire the 15th state to ban text messaging while driving.

August 5, 2009

Summit to Address Driver Distractions

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this week announced plans to hold a national summit in late September to study texting while driving and other driver behaviors that take attention off the road.

July 31, 2009

Verizon Supports Texting While Driving Ban

NEW YORK - In addition to increasing the likelihood of collisions with other vehicles, Verizon said distracting driving activities such as text and e-mail can also result in minor vehicle damage and added expense.

July 29, 2009

Senate Bill Seeks to Ban Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A new bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday, July 29, seeks to ban motorists from texting or sending e-mail messages while driving, the Washington Post reported.

July 27, 2009

Study: Texting Raises Crash Risk 23.2 Times

BLACKSBURG, VA - Truck and heavy-vehicle drivers who text-message while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash as non-distracted motorists, according to new research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

July 27, 2009 Lists Most Dangerous Foods for Drivers

CLEVELAND --- While much has been written lately about the dangers of behind-the-wheel cell phone use, eating and drinking behind the wheel are even more prevalent and also pose serious risks.

July 15, 2009

Missouri Latest State to Restrict In-Vehicle Texting

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - This year alone, eight new states have passed broad texting-while-driving bans, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

July 8, 2009

Some Simple Driving Tips

Here's a list of safe-driving practices that you may want to pass along to your fleet drivers.

June 17, 2009

Ad Campaign Targets Driver Cell Phone Use

ITASCA, IL --- "Death by Cell Phone" is the title of a new billboard advertisement the National Safety Council launched this month in 67 markets.

June 3, 2009

New Colorado Law Bans Texting While Driving

DENVER --- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter this week signed into law a bill that bans sending text messages, including e-mails and tweets, while driving.

May 20, 2009

Illinois Senate Approves Texting Ban

SPRINGFIELD, IL --- The Illinois Senate on May 19 passed legislation that would ban texting behind the wheel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

May 13, 2009

Boston Transit Issues Cell Phone Ban

BOSTON --- After a trolley driver admitted to police that he was texting his girlfriend just before a May 8 collision, the head of the Boston area transit authority vowed to ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cell phones on board.

April 29, 2009

Study Concludes Drivers Underestimate Dangers of Multi-tasking Behind the Wheel

ITASCA, IL --- A new study reported in the National Safety Council's Journal of Safety Research suggests drivers tend to overestimate their driving skills and underestimate their distraction caused by other activities while they drive.

February 5, 2009

Ford Study Demonstrates How SYNC System Reduces Driver Distraction

DEARBORN, MI --- A new study by Ford shows that the automaker's SYNC hands-free system significantly reduces the level of distraction when drivers select a phone number or choose a song on their MP3 player, compared with the same operations with hand-held cell phones and music players, the company said.

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