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WASHINGTON — Making sure drivers keep their eyes on the road will require a network of tough laws, enforcement by police and personal responsibility, the government said Tuesday.

Obama administration officials said during a second summit on distracted driving that it has made progress in pushing states to target drivers who send text messages and use mobile devices from the road, but too many people are being killed because of inattentive Read the rest of this entry »

Traffic deaths tied to driving while distracted by activities such as talking on a mobile phone or eating fell 6 percent last year from the previous 12 months, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

Crashes linked to drivers being distracted behind the wheel caused 5,474 deaths last year, down from 5,838 a year earlier and accounting for 16 percent of all road fatalities in 2009, unchanged from the previous year, according to the National Read the rest of this entry »

Summer brings short skirts, bikini tops and low-cut blouses, all which apparently lead men to get into car accidents more frequently than in the winter, according to a new study.

That’s right, 29 percent of men admit to being distracted by women’s summer attire. Compare that to just 3 percent of women who had the same problem thanks to a man’s choice of summer clothing, according to Sheilas’ Wheels, a British car insurance company geared toward Read the rest of this entry »

Differences between the sexes are becoming less noticeable when it comes to teenage driving.

In what seems like a role reversal, girls are expressing a new need for speed, while aggressive driving and speeding by boys is down.

According to Allstate Foundation’s “Shifting Teen Attitudes: The State of Teen Driving 2009,” 27 percent of girls admit to speeding at least 10 miles over the speed limit, vs. 19 percent of boys.

Also, Read the rest of this entry »

AUGUSTA, Maine – Motorists, drop those cellphones. And lose the laptops, bag the Big Macs, and nix the newspapers and roadmaps while you?re behind the wheel. It?s now against the law to drive while distracted in Maine.

More than a dozen states have passed laws making texting while driving illegal, and some states and cities have outlawed use of cell phones while driving. A bill in Congress would force states to ban texting or e-mailing Read the rest of this entry »

The Department of Transportation plans to hold a top-level meeting on distracted driving in September, according to a safety advocate who was invited to participate.

David Teater, a spokesman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit advocacy group, said the Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, planned to hold a press conference Tuesday to announce plans for the meeting.

The agency confirmed that Secretary LaHood was making an Read the rest of this entry »

For the most part, living in the suburbs means you have to drive. And driving, it turns out, is dangerous.

Don’t believe it? Apparently, we don’t.

Law enforcement and safety experts say that in general, we take driving for granted. In other words, we do it without properly acknowledging the hazards involved.

“People get lulled into this sense that they can drive well no matter what distractions exist,” said David Teater, senior Read the rest of this entry »