Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunken driving. Sadly, it occurs more often than it should, and it is more likely to be under-reported than drunken driving. After all, a motorist does not have to admit that he or she fell asleep at the wheel – while their intoxication is more obvious. Regardless, drowsy...Read More
What Is The Washington, D.C. Three Strikes Bill?
Last month, the D.C. council voted on a bill that would become the toughest distracted driving law in the U.S. if it passed. The Three Strikes Bill, as it has become known as, would create new penalties for distracted driving, including:
Will the New “Textalyzer” Prevent Distracted Driving?
“One text or call could wreck it all.” “Words can hurt.” “C U in the ER.” “SMS.MMS.RIP.” “Stop the texts. Stop the wrecks.” “No post is worth a life.” “It can wait.” We’ve all seen at least one of these campaigns against distracted driving. In fact, these campaigns have been so successful, 46...Read More
Police Say Virginia’s Texting and Driving Law is a Challenge to Enforce
According to WJLA, 49 percent of drivers in Virginia admitted to texting and driving, despite it being the cause of over 100,000 transportation accidents annually. Texting while driving is illegal in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Virginia made it a primary offense in July of this year. In the first four months of enforcement, Virginia State...Read More
Police Ticket Hundreds of Virginia Drivers for Texting and Driving
Over 300 drivers have been stopped and cited in Virginia for texting while driving since the commonwealth's new law went into effect this year. Officials with the Virginia State Police say that between July 1 and September 28, state troopers issued 328 citations to drivers caught with their phones in their hands. Maryland, the District...Read More
Cell Phone Distractions Not Just Limited to Automobile Driving
Maryland has the dubious distinction of having had the first documented case of distracted driving – a Maryland woman talking on her phone while driving crossed a median, flipped her vehicle, and killed five people. That distracted driving accident happened over 10 years ago, and...Read More
Is New Car Technology Creating Dangerous Drivers?
Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) says that distracted driving causes approximately 500,000 injuries every year, automakers are creating new ways to occupy drivers’ attention behind the wheel. Ford unveiled its updated Sync system earlier this month at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The hands-free system...Read More
The Daily Danger of Distracted Driving
Did you know that distracted driving causes up to 8,000 car accidents every day in America? That statistic from the American Automobile Association (AAA) proves that distracted driving is a major problem on the nation’s roads. This problem extends to teenage drivers who learn...Read More
Transportation Secretary Does Not Support Cell Phone While Driving Ban
You have likely heard about the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) proposed ban on cell phone use while driving. However, an outspoken critic of the ban might surprise you. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke out against the ban, citing the distinction between hands-free and handheld calls behind the wheel. According to LaHood, hands-free phone calls...Read More
NTSB Wants Nation-Wide Cell Phone Ban in Cars
For some drivers, talking on their cell phones while driving has become second nature. In your morning commute today you likely spotted numerous drivers with a cell phone clutched to their ears or looking down while texting. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to put a stop to that with a nationwide ban...Read More