I’d like to take a moment here to share with you something troubling I learned over the weekend: the great Australian capital city of Canberra has been invaded by a giant monster made out of toilet paper. I discovered this surprising fact courtesy of Bluetooth.
Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! I recently learned a few highly important points that I'd like to share with you. First, I learned that Todd is doing great in college. Solid 3.2 grade-point average, just like his father. I also learned that Lucy is deciding between two colleges, and she's not quite sure which one she…
This is the introduction to what's intended to be a recurring series that will pick up in the new year pending further research.
A study by Saurabh Bhargava and Vikram S. Pathania of Carnagie-Mellon and the London School of Economics, respectively, seems to demonstrate that talking on your phone while driving does not make you more likely to crash. Unless you close your eyes to talk or something.
This morning we reported on a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that said 660,000 U.S. drivers are using their cell phones behind the wheel at any given point during the day. But when you read the fine print, the story changes a bit: the NHTSA got this data from looking only at drivers who…
A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that Americans still just can't put down their goddamn cell phones when they're driving.
We have seen some fairly surprising feats of distracted driving here on Jalopnik, but we've never seen an in-car office like this one in Germany.
Denise Barton is suing Santa Monica for $1.7 billion, claiming that the city's new wifi-equipped parking meters are making her sick.
Steven Hoag, a former marine and employee of the North Carolina Department of Transportation was sitting in his truck, calmly talking to his sister. This wouldn't be remarkable, were it not for the massive tornado tearing up the landscape just outside.
Your smartphone can be your second brain, but it can also turn you into a person with no sense of direction, poor social skills, and next to no privacy. Fixing these problems is easy, but first you need to know about them. Here are all stupid things you're doing with your smartphone.
When 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was texting while driving last year, having to spend a year in jail for it was probably the last thing on his mind. But when he crashed into another car, fatally injuring its driver, that's exactly the sentence a Massachusetts judge handed down.
A San Francisco Bay Area DUI lawyer argues that law enforcement officers are abusing distracted driving laws to engage in unwarranted vehicle searches. He points out the unexpected civil rights ramifications of laws designed to make roads safer.
The National Transportation Safety Board has voted to recommend that states ban the use of cellphones while driving. This controversial decision has some people upset and others pleased, believing that banning the use of cellphones will reduce the risk of accidents. We believe that cellphone use can absolutely pose a…
What is so important that this Italian bus driver feels the need to use two cellphones simultaneously while driving a bus full of passengers with his elbows? Calling technical support on one phone to set his Internet and email settings on the other one.
New York's DMV will implement a two-point penalty on all drivers found guilty of distracted driving this week. And yes, "sexting while driving" counts. We're looking at you Mark Sanchez. [NY1]
Moves to bar drivers from using cell phones have been driven by the mantra that a phone-holding driver is as dangerous as a drunk one. However, a new study found cell phones may actually keep some drivers safer. Here's how.
"They are trained to be careful," transportation secretary Ray LaHood told a caller on NPR when asked if it was OK for cops to use cell phones while driving. They're not, but what could cops be texting each other?