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    Study: Is it illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?
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    In conjunction with the typical Internet feeding frenzy that goes hand in hand with the announcement of each new iPhone, Apple has been cited in countless headlines this week after its debut of its new Apple Watch on September 9. The so-called "smartwatch" is far from an industry first – ...

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    Report: UK police move to seize mobile phones after all accidents
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    There's little question that driving while holding your phone is incredibly dangerous. In the UK alone, some 500 people are estimated to be seriously injured or killed each year because of car and truck drivers using their phones behind the wheel – a staggering figure that is leading ...

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    Video: VW 'Eyes on the road' ad brings danger of texting and driving to the movies
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    Distracted driving continues to be a scourge to road safety around the world. In the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ran a graphic commercial in April appealing to young people about the dangers of texting and driving. In Hong Kong, Volkswagen helped with a technologically ...

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    Video: NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad
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    It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan "U ...

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    Video: Watch how badly you can drive when texting while driving
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    It's likely that we've all, once in our lives and before it was illegal, sent one teensy tiny text while we were driving. And while the vast majority of us managed to do it without smashing into another car or a tree, the same can't be said for everyone who drives and texts. Ft. Myers, Florida ...

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    Report: New York cops to use unmarked SUVs to catch texting drivers
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    Texting while driving is dangerous, and to ensure the safety of its motorists, New York has made it a primary offense for a driver to use a cell phone at all. The problem with a ban on texting while driving, though, is that it can be hard for police to enforce the law since most people text with ...

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    Video: Grand Theft Auto-style short ends with distracted driving PSA
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    Government agencies and private companies alike are trying to get the word out about the dangers of distracted driving. While many – including the recent mini-movie from Wernor Herzog – involve telling the tales of real lives affected by distracted driving, a recent film competition ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #348
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    DCAutogeek, speed limiters in Europe, Jaguar C-X17, ignition interlocks, text liability Episode #348 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Mike Harley are joined by Juan Barnett, also known as DCAutogeek. Topics include policy and why it matters to enthusiasts, rumors of ...

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    Report: You might be held responsible if a driver you're texting causes an accident [w/poll]
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    There's no question that driving and texting at the same time is dangerous and illegal. But a lawsuit in New Jersey filed by a couple who were the victims of a texting accident blamed not only the distracted driver who caused it, but also the person who was texting him at the time, CNN ...

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    Video: Watch Werner Herzog's intense anti-texting-while-driving documentary
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    People, if there are any doubts as to just how dangerous texting while driving is, you need to watch this documentary, entitled From One Second to the Next, created by Werner Herzog for AT&T and co-presented by Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. The short film starts out by saying that more than ...

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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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    Report: Texting Mass teen found guilty of vehicular homicide [w/video]
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    If for some reason you still don't think that texting while driving is a bad idea, here's a story for you. Aaron Deveau, age 17, was allegedly composing a text message when his car crossed the center line of a Massachusetts street, hitting a car head-on. In that car was Daniel Bowley, Jr. and his ...

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    Report: Woman sued for sending text message to driver who crashed
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    Hiring a lawyer is like hiring a hitman. Except it's not against the law. A lawyer's job is to exert your will on your legal opponent – and on the legal system itself. So it should come as no surprise to see this evolution of distracted driving case law: The victims of a traffic accident ...

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    Study: Young drivers know distracted driving is dangerous, do it anyway
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    Distracted driving has joined smoking, drinking, drug use, and unprotected sex on the list of behaviors that teens know are risky but engage in nonetheless. According to a national survey by Consumer Reports, half of all teens surveyed had used a handheld phone while driving in the past 30 days, ...

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