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Texting Worse than Talking on Phone While Driving
A new study on distracted driving shows that texting while driving is far worse than simply talking on the phone. The key is drivers keeping their eyes on the road. With eyes on the road, drivers can still drive with limited impairment while their mental Read More...
Don't Text. Just Drive.
Consider this sobering fact: In 2012, more than 3,400 people between the ages of 15 and 20 years died in vehicle crashes. May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month , and young safety advocates nationwide are working hard to call attention to safe driving Read More...
Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Combination
Did you know that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver? Yet one million people text while driving every day. The average text distracts a driver's eyes from the road for nearly five seconds. At 55 Read More...
Florida Teen Wins Distracted Driving Design Contest
A 14-year-old high school freshman from Sanford, Fla., won the national Distracted Driving Design Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hah'mari Watson said a minor car crash involving a texting teen inspired her to create Read More...
TV Hit Glee Cast Featured in Distracted Driving Ad
Stop the texts. Stop the wrecks. That's the message in a new public service announcement featuring the cast of the hit Fox TV show, Glee. Dianna Agron's character, Quinn Fabray, is texting while driving - and crashes her car. These announcements Read More...
Design Contest Calls for Social Media Icon
Attention students: The Department of Transportation is looking for a creative social media icon that clearly conveys an anti-distracted driving message. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. And young people are among the Read More...
Driving? Then Don't Text
Most of us who drive are guilty of at least talking on a cell phone while on the road - and some of us even text and e-mail while behind the wheel. Although 30 states have already made texting illegal while driving, Texas isn't one of those - yet. Read More...
A Turtle Speaks Out Against Texting While Driving
Swifty, the turtle, is working hard to get the attention of city hall . Swifty is a cartoon turtle, a steady plodder who sometimes might poke his head out of his shell, sometimes not. He's the creation of retired editorial cartoonist Clyde Peterson, Read More...
Making Your Car a No-Phone Zone with Software
It's a daily routine for most of us: Slide into your car, snap the seatbelt into the buckle, and make sure your cell phone is sitting within easy reach. When you hear the ping of an in-coming text, how many of us can resist not picking up that mobile Read More...
Summit Examines Distracted Driving
It's a two-second turn-off that could save your life. Take two seconds to turn off your cell phone before you drive down the road. That's one of the messages that will be touted at a distracted driving summit this week, hosted by the nation's Read More...
Cars + Phones = Distracted Driving
Every year, distracted driving kills thousands of people. In 2008, 5,870 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . Distracted driving includes texting, talking on a cell Read More...
New Rules Against Rail Car Distractions
Distracted driving kills. That's the mantra Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been repeating almost from the beginning of his leadership at the Federal Transit Administration. And yesterday, a new federal rule was proposed that would ban distracted Read More...
Addicted to Texting? Take Mass Transit, Urges LaHood
The nation's top transportation official said today that safety remains his No. 1 priority and urged drivers to switch to mass transit if they can't put down their cell phone while driving. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made those remarks Read More...
Crackdown on Distracted Driving
Put it down! That's the message the federal government is touting these days as it works hard to stop distracted driving. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the launch of two pilot programs to increase law enforcement efforts Read More...
Texting Banned for Commercial Bus, Truck Drivers
Commercial bus and truck drivers who text while driving will face stiff fines, according to new federal guidelines effective immediately. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood 's summit on distracted driving last fall promised to take specific steps Read More...
Distracted Driving as Bad as Drunk Driving
Since Ray LaHood became the U.S. Secretary of Transportation last year, he's been championing ways to avoid distracted driving - specifically texting while driving. Click here to view the DOT's new public service announcement on what happens when Read More...
Distracted Driving and Prison
When texting while driving kills, Britons land in prison. That's what happened to 22-year-old Phillipa Curtis, who received 21 months in a high-security women's prison for ramming her car into the rear end of a Fiat driven by Victoria McBride, Read More...