DriveSmart is a new application available to some T-Mobile customers that can automatically detect when a user is driving and turns their phone into a quiet, unobtrusive paperweight until they have finished their journey. Read more here.
Principal Tracie Omohundro at Varina High School has incorporated distracted driving information into the physical education curriculum. The addition came after distracted driving advocate Bob Busch gave a presentation at the Richmond, Virginia high school.
In Los Angeles, police are investigating the accident that killed local celebrity plastic surgeon Frank Ryan, including the chance texting/tweeting from his phone may have been involved.
According to the Associated Press, Ryan’s last post on Twitter was at 4:10 p.m. PDT Monday. It included a photo of his dog looking out at the ocean with the caption, “Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune.” The crash was first reported 24 minutes later at 4:34 p.m. by a motorist who witnessed the accident. Police say the doctor’s 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu and landed on its roof Monday afternoon.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol launched their campaign calling for drivers to stay off cell phones and PDAs while behind the wheel, and they’ve recruited NASCAR driver Colin Braun to help promote it.
Braun’s #16 car sported the new anti-texting logo on Saturday at NASCAR’s Nationwide Series race in Madison, Ill at Gateway International Raceway.
In Missouri, it is illegal for drivers under 21 to text and drive. Twenty-five percent of crashes each year in the state are caused by inattentive driving.
Close to 670 drivers state wide in Washington have been ticketed and fined $124 for talking on handheld phones or texting behind the wheel.
It seems more Washingtonians are talking while driving, or at least it’s easier to catch than those texting. The State Patrol has issued 633 citations for talking and 34 citations for texting while driving.
The Seattle Police Department says they have not tracked the number of citations since the law went into effect.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released a public service announcement today that features the voice of a 16-year old from the District of Columbia.
Watch to Jason Epstein on Q13 Fox’s “Crimebusters” discuss texting while driving.
Absolutely not, says one University of Utah researcher. Washington state goes hands free tomorrow, with fines for talking or texting while driving amounting to $125.
David Strayer is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. His new concern is the iPad, which could add a whole new level of distraction for drivers.
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