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    Study: Study suggests voice-controlled technology in the car is less safe than thought
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    Technology has become so mobile that we bring it everywhere we go, including behind the wheel of our cars. Thus, the cell phone in our pocket has become the main target of anti-distracted driving advocates, as making and taking phone calls while driving, as well as texting, have arisen as ...

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    Study: And the worst backseat drivers are...
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    Nobody likes a backseat driver. We don't need a study to tell us that we, as licensed pilots of two-plus-ton vehicular machines, don't enjoy commentary from the back seat, the passenger seat, or any other seat telling us to slow down, take the next left or asking us to fiddle with the stereo. We ...

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    Video: Mini blows up over women applying makeup in cars
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    Distracted driving is a very real problem. From drivers with phones dangling from their ears to those constantly adjusting the stereo or dealing with rowdy children in the back seat, anything that diverts attention away from the act of driving is a potential danger. And yes, that would indeed ...

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    Official: NHTSA releases voluntary guidelines to combat distracted driving
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    In its continuing battle against distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued voluntary guidelines covering the use of in-car infotainment and communication devices. It is NHTSA's intention that the proposals, which have been in the works for a year and are ...

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    Report: Last Words: Family releases image of dead son's final text before deadly crash
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    On April 3, University of Northern Colorado student Alexander Heit lost control of his car while sending a text on his iPhone. The loss of control caused the car to roll over, and the 22-year-old died a short time after being transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Greeley, CO Police ...

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    Report: Why using Google Maps for driving directions is illegal in California
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    Back in January of 2012, Steven Spriggs was cited for using a cellphone while driving in California, violating the state's Vehicle Code Section 23123 that makes it illegal for someone to drive "while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow ...

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    Report: Main factor in distracted driving deaths not phones, it's getting lost in thought
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    It turns out electronic devices aren't the leading cause of distracted driving car crashes. Around 10 percent of all accidents that cause a death involve distracted driving, and Bloomberg reports that an Erie Insurance Group study has found that daydreaming and being lost in thought are ...

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    Video: North Carolina trying to stop female boaters from flashing adjacent highway
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    Here's a slightly different sort of distracted driving. Over in North Carolina, buoys are being installed in a stretch of Lake Norman along Interstate 77 in an effort to reduce traffic slow-ups in the area. The problem? As the weather gets warmer, boaters are docking along the stretch where the ...

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    Report: Many more people surfing the web while behind the wheel
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    If you think texting while driving is dangerous, then you may be shocked to learn that many people do more than just text while driving, they actually browse the web while behind the wheel, and the number of people who do it is on the rise. A USA Today report cites a study that recently polled ...

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    Study: AAA: Young drivers more likely to drive drowsy
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    Wake-y, wake-y... hit the brake-y! This is the National Sleep Foundation's Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has completed a new survey with data indicating that one in seven drivers between 16 and 24 have admitted to falling asleep while behind the wheel ...

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    Report: Transportation Dept. gives $550k to study texting-ban enforcement
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    So far, 39 states have some form of law against texting while driving, but it is a hard thing to enforce. Many drivers continue to text on the road, confident that the local smokies won't spot their sins. That time might be over for Massachusetts and Connecticut, as the National highway Traffic ...

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    Study: Teens learn bad driving habits from parents
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    Hey, Mom and Dad. The next time you're in the car, take a look at that sweet, smiling face in your rearview mirror. Notice how those young, innocent eyes are soaking up every red light you run, every time you don't use a turn signal, every phone call you take, every text you send and every breath ...

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    Report: Canadian man saves four kids with Hummer [w/video]
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    A quick-thinking driver in Canada put his own life on the line last month when he drove his Hummer H3 in front of a distracted driver to save four children. Darrell Krushelnicki, 46, of Taber, Alberta, saw a car about to speed through an intersection. Four kids, whose ages ranged from three to 16 ...

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    Report: Designated texter becoming popular with teens [w/video]
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    We're all familiar with the designated driver concept. Most everyone with a drivers license has either been one or needed one. But now, the designated texter is a new idea being promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to target texting drivers. A recent study by State Farm ...

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    Official: DOT teams up with Fox's Glee against distracted driving [w/videos]
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    In attempt to combat car accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council have teamed up with the hit Fox television show, Glee, to produce a pair of public service announcements aimed at younger drivers. These PSAs were introduced as ...

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    Video: College student drives off cliff while texting prophetic message
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    Texting while driving is a horrible, horrible idea. This is not news. And as unfortunate as this story may be, we have to admit, it's a little ironic. Chance Bothe, a 21-year-old college student from Texas, drove his pickup truck off of a bridge, over a cliff and down into a deep ravine. But the ...

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    Official: Honda reveals new cloud-based infotainment system [w/video]
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    Honda let the cat officially out of the bag today, revealing details about its new HondaLink infotainment system that will be featured in the new 2013 Accord. The new midsize sedan doesn't launch until the fall, but the Japanese automaker is clearly eager to start building momentum for its ...

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    Report: Distracted driving scourge a repeat of 1930?
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    The more things change, the more they stay the same. According to a report at carinsurance.com, Department of Transportation chief Ray LaHood isn't the first person to take on distracted driving. In 1930, George A. Packer, then the Massachusetts registrar of motor vehicles, wanted the state to ...

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    Report: Police confiscating motorists' phones in Cape Town [w/poll]
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    The phrase "law enforcement" – and the very idea of laws themselves – is entirely dependent on that second word, "enforcement." Without it, you don't have laws, you have a modern art installation consisting of reams of paper decorated with lines that are as useless as they are ...

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    Report: DOT releases Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving
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    Everyone needs a plan, and now Ray LaHood and his people at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have released their Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving. The blueprint calls for: Getting the last 11 holdout states to pass laws banning distracted driving. Challenge the ...

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