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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 …

Massachusetts Senate Bill Calls for Hands-Free Cellphone Use by Drivers

The Massachusetts Senate is considering a bill that would require drivers to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel. Under the measure scheduled for debate on Thursday, motorists would only be allowed to use their cellphones, or other electronic …

New York Considers ‘Textalyzer’ to Combat Distracted Driving

Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the …

Even Voice to Text Causes Driver Distraction

Drivers commonly perform secondary tasks while behind the wheel to navigate or communicate with others, which has led to a significant increase in the number of injuries and fatalities attributed to distracted driving. Advances in wearable technology, particularly devices such …

Professor Behind Designated Drivers Turns Focus on Distracted Ones

A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the deadly problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics. Jay Winsten is consulting with federal and Massachusetts …

Investigators Collect Phone Data From Pickup Driver in Texas Crash

A federal investigator said Monday that her agency has collected cellphone records from a pickup driver who a witness said admitted to being distracted by texting before he collided with a church bus killing 13 people. National Transportation Safety Board …

Texas Church Bus Crash Highlights Dangers of Texting While Driving

A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving – highlighting the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the …

Truck Driver in Deadly Texas Crash Admitted Texting Before Collision

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press …

Washington House Votes to Ban Handheld Cellphones While Driving

A Washington state measure to ban holding a phone while driving passed in the House a day after a similar measure passed in the Senate. House Bill 1371 received a 52-45 vote in the Democratic-controlled House Tuesday. Democratic Rep. Jessyn …

Minnesota Dad Remembers Teen Victim by Warning of Distracted Driving Danger

A father in southeastern Minnesota whose daughter was killed in a texting-while-driving crash is spreading the message to teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving. Matt Logan’s 17-year-old daughter, Deej, died four years ago. She was composing a text as …