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Study Finds Parents Can’t Stop Texting Behind the Wheel

There has been a historic surge in U.S. traffic fatalities over the last four years as more drivers use their phones to respond to texts or scroll through Instagram feeds. Even parents can’t keep keep their hands on the wheel …

Colorado Campaigns Aim to Curb Auto-Pedestrian Deaths

Twice in a week this month in unrelated collisions, cars barreled into pedestrians on East Colfax Avenue, in Aurora, killing one man and seriously hurting another. And investigators say those two crashes are far from outliers. They’re part of a …

Georgia Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use

Don’t touch that screen! Starting July 1, Georgia is joining more than a dozen other states in banning hands-on cellphone use while driving. Under the “Hands-Free Georgia Act,” drivers may not hold a phone with their hands or use any …

New Travelers Data Reveals Distracted Driving Spikes in Summer

Drivers are being warned about the increased risk for distracted driving this summer. Travelers and its public policy division, the Travelers Institute, along with TrueMotion, a smartphone telematics platform, recently analyzed the behavior of more than 20,000 drivers from January …

Texting While Driving on the Rise Despite More Laws Banning it

It’s going to be a banner year for trial lawyers and a tough year for auto insurers. More than 3,000 people are killed on U.S. roads every year in distracted driving crashes, and the use of cellphones while driving has …

Research: Why Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving Should be Banned

In their detailed analysis of dozens of empirical studies on the effects of talking while driving, human factors researchers have provided a comprehensive and credible basis for governments seeking to enact legislation restricting drivers’ use of cell phones. The analysis, …

Show Teens the Money: Financial Incentive May Work to Combat Texting While Driving

Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey conducted by researchers …

Texting and Driving Only a Minor Ding in Car Insurance Premium

Insurance companies are finally putting a price on the risk of distracted driving, and it’s relatively cheap. Last year, a ticket for using a mobile phone while driving added $226 to the average insurance policy, an increase of 16 percent, …

State Chart Reveals New Laws Have Little Impact on Reducing Distracted Driving

If you’re driving right now, it’s far more likely you are reading this on your phone than you would have been a year ago. Despite a harrowing surge in traffic fatalities, American drivers appear to be getting worse at avoiding …

Travelers: Distracted Driving Perception and Reality Disconnect Exists

An overwhelming majority of people surveyed for the 2018 Travelers Risk Index said that distracted driving remains a concern, consistent with previous years.The Travelers Companies, Inc.’s first release of the report focuses on distracted driving and perception of risks among …