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Distracted Driving Citations Spike in Georgia

Georgia law officers wrote 961 tickets in July for motorists who violated the state's new hands-free law, which went into effect on July 1, which was a more than 30% increase from the year before.

Ga. Hands-Free Driving Enforcement Begins

After a distracted driving law banning hand-held cell-phone use went into effect in Georgia on July 1, law enforcement officers wrote 1,000 citations in just four days.

Safety Groups Urge Awareness of Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) have all stepped up efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving during the month of April, which is National Distracted Driving Month.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.