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NHTSA Provides Drugged Driving Grants to 5 States

To keep drug-impaired drivers off the nation's roadways, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently awarded more than $100,000 in funding to select states to educate law enforcement officers.

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.

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.

A Traffic Break in Utah

A Utah Highway Patrol officer executes a traffic break to slow down the flow of traffic. Video via YouTube. For the fleet safety tip on traffic breaks, click here.

Tenn. Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is teaming with local law enforcement agencies to target the state's growing epidemic of distracted driving. A THP bus is key to their efforts. Video courtesy of WTVC/News Channel 9.

Minn. Fair Fights Distracted Driving

During the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul Police are targeting nearby distracted drivers through a tag-team approach. When an officer in an unmarked police car spots a texting driver, the officer alerts a motorcycle officer who then pulls the violator over and issues a citation. And inside the fair, a Minnesota State Patrol exhibit tells the tragic story of how a distracted driver cut short the lives of a father and daughter from Becker, Minn. Video courtesy of KARE 11 via YouTube.

N.Y. Explores 'Textalyzer' for Distracted Driving

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a study to assess how "textalyzer" devices might help fight distracted driving. These devices would help police determine whether a driver in a serious crash had been using a phone before impact. Video via NBC4 Washington/NBC4 New York.

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