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Oregon Law Means Harsher Penalties for Holding Cell Phone While Driving

In the three years that Springfield police officer Mike Massey has been a motorcycle traffic enforcement officer, he’s seen it all when it comes to cellphone use and driving. In addition to witnessing drivers talking or texting on their cellphones …

Travelers’ 2017 Risk Index: Top Worries Center on Cyber, Driving and Workplace

According to the latest Travelers Risk Index, 52 percent of consumers say they think the world is getting riskier, down from 63 percent when the survey was launched in 2013. The 2017 index identifies the overall perception of risks for …

Commentary: Engaging Millennials With Smartphone Telematics

Young drivers represent both a risk and an opportunity for insurers. On one hand, they tend to get in more accidents, and are particularly prone to distracted driving with smartphones. On the other hand, they represent a new generation of …

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up …

Distracted Driving Gets Worse With More Tech-Crammed Cars

The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The study released …

Cooler Temps Prompt Police Warning of Increased Pedestrian Risk

As the season changes and the days grow shorter, law enforcement and safety officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians that fall is one of the most dangerous times of the year for people to cross streets and roads. The advisory …

Majority of Drivers Say Distracted Driving Should Be Illegal, Yet Still Do it

A new Progressive Insurance study shows about one third of drivers feel confident in their own ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of auto accidents and more than 90 percent say …

Maine High Court Clarifies Distracted Driving Requirements

Law enforcement officials don’t have to show what specifically distracted a driver before a fatal chain-reaction crash, the state supreme court ruled, providing important guidance to law enforcement at a time when distracted drivers are a major concern. The Maine …

Eclipse Excitement Overshadowed by Safety Concerns

Sold out hotels, viewing parties and special media coverage will culminate on Monday, August 21, when a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. But along with the excitement comes safety concerns, according to various government agencies. …

Insurer Reports Motorcycle Crashes Spike in August

The last month of summer could bring a spike in motorcycle claims, according to American Modern Insurance Group. The insurer reports that of the 60,400 motorcycles it insures, 570 were involved in crashes in August 2015 and 2016. Many motorcycle …