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At a time when automakers are stuffing new cars with interactive technology that integrates better with smart phones, iPods and other devices, more teen drivers are playing with these gadgets while driving.

Most teens engage in distracted driving even though almost all are aware that it?s dangerous, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 male and female teen drivers ages 16 to 19 conducted in May by the American Automobile Assn. and Seventeen Read the rest of this entry »

On Jan. 3, 2008, Russell Hurd waited for his daughter at Walt Disney World in Orlando. They were about to plan her dream theme-park wedding.

But Heather Hurd was killed on her way to the meeting. She was a passenger in her fiance’s car, which was stopped at a light when a trucker who was texting on his phone slammed into the vehicle and eight others. Heather and another woman were killed instantly, and six others were injured.

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Indiana would join a growing number of states that have banned texting while driving if legislation approved by a state House committee on Wednesday becomes law.

The House Public Policy Committee voted unanimously for the bill by Democratic Rep. Joseph Pearson of Hartford City after several people told the panel that it would save lives. It would make transmitting text messages or e-mails while driving a Class C infraction with a possible Read the rest of this entry »

People who send text messages while driving are six times more likely to crash, a new study finds.

The research adds to a mountain of evidence showing that texting or talking on mobile phones while driving is dangerous. Texting seems to be the worst.

The new study was done in a driving simulator, however, so it’s not known exactly how the results would translate to the road. Still, the results were stark.

In the simulations, Read the rest of this entry »

People who send text messages while driving are six times more likely to crash, a new study finds.

The research adds to a mountain of evidence showing that texting or talking on mobile phones while driving is dangerous. Texting seems to be the worst.

The new study was done in a driving simulator, however, so it’s not known exactly how the results would translate to the road. Still, the results were stark.

In the simulations, Read the rest of this entry »

People who send text messages while driving are six times more likely to crash, a new study finds.

The research adds to a mountain of evidence showing that texting or talking on mobile phones while driving is dangerous. Texting seems to be the worst.

The new study was done in a driving simulator, however, so it’s not known exactly how the results would translate to the road. Still, the results were stark.

In the simulations, Read the rest of this entry »

As the federal government looks to ban texting while driving, a new survey finds that isn?t the most dangerous distraction for drivers: Kids and road rage are.

The survey of more than 3,000 drivers also found a distinct difference between men and women when it comes to distractions on the road, according to LeaseTrader.com, which conducted the poll.

For 18.3 percent of men, road rage frustration was the most dangerous distraction, Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s one issue in these contentious times that almost everyone appears to agree on: Driving while typing out text messages on a mobile phone is dumb, potentially deadly and should be banned.

So let’s just ban driving while texting, right? Not so fast. Nothing’s ever that easy, especially when powerful economic interests and different levels of government are involved.

Later this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read the rest of this entry »

ALBANY — Beginning Nov. 1, texting while driving and the use of other portable electronic devices while behind the wheel will be illegal.

Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday that he signed legislation to ban text-messaging while driving, a practice that has led to deadly automobile accidents involving teens in recent years.

“The risks associated with texting while driving are well documented,” he said in a statement. “As we learn Read the rest of this entry »

A bill introduced Wednesday in the Senate would require states to write laws to prohibit text messaging by drivers or risk losing 25 percent of their annual federal highway money.

The proposal, sponsored by a group of Democrats including Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), came a day after the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released a study on commercial truck drivers that found texting drivers to be 23 times more likely to be involved Read the rest of this entry »