Texting While Driving Tickets Decrease As Drivers Game The System​

People love laws that prevent texting while driving. They seem like good common sense laws that prohibit distractions that lead to accidents. But once the laws are written, cops have to go out and enforce them, and that's not as easy as it looks. » 3/27/14 5:25pm 3/27/14 5:25pm

Text While Driving In The Bay Area And You Might End Up On A Billboard

This month, some residents of San Francisco could discover photographs of themselves engaging in rather embarrassing behavior. A website has been collecting photos of people texting while driving, and some of those photos have now found their way onto billboards throughout the region. » 3/24/14 7:26pm 3/24/14 7:26pm

Texting While Driving Can Get You Seriously Hurt (In Mario Kart)

By now we should all be on board with the idea that texting while driving is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible thing. But how does it affect one's driving within Mario Kart? A physician and some elementary schoolers found it significantly increases the risk of driving backwards, among other hazards. » 2/03/14 11:09am 2/03/14 11:09am

It's A $10,000 Fine For Texting While Driving In Alaska

In most states now, it's illegal to text while driving. But in some places, it's a minor fine which probably doesn't threaten most drivers if they're caught. » 10/25/13 10:35am 10/25/13 10:35am

The New Chevy Malibu Tries To Cheat Darwin, Will Text For You

Lawmakers are still trying to do everything possible to stop people texting while driving. It's proving an uphill battle to break people of the habit, though, and cars are now being equipped with technology to let you keep texting with both hands on the wheel. Sort of like a nicotine patch for texting while driving. » 10/09/13 12:22pm 10/09/13 12:22pm

Will New York's New Highway "Texting Stops" Curb Distracted Driving?

In an attempt to curb the number of dangerous drivers on New York highways who are distracted by their smartphones, the state is introducing dedicated Texting Zones where motorists can pull off, park, and safely use their mobile devices. But the initiative doesn't require any new construction since existing rest… » 9/24/13 1:35pm 9/24/13 1:35pm

Peter Frampton Is Not Happy You Hit Him With Your Car

Rocker Peter Frampton, best known for pioneering the talkbox, demon guitar solos, and flowing golden locks, was rear-ended by a texting driver. » 8/02/12 4:30pm 8/02/12 4:30pm

Texting And Driving Got A Teen A Year In Jail

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. » 6/07/12 12:00pm 6/07/12 12:00pm

The Shady Company Behind Justin Bieber's Anti-Texting Crusade

Justin Bieber is spearheading a new campaign to stop kids from texting and driving. He's doing this by taking a big stake in a crappy, flailing tech company that was run by a convicted felon until recently. » 7/12/11 9:30pm 7/12/11 9:30pm

Sprint pre-loading Android phones with anti-distracted driving software

Sprint just announced they'll be adding anti-distracted driving software to every new Android phone they sell. It will do battle with the phone's pro-distracted driving software more commonly referred to as all the other software on the phone. » 3/22/11 2:30pm 3/22/11 2:30pm

New York adding points for drivers caught using cell phones

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] » 2/14/11 2:30pm 2/14/11 2:30pm

BMW Hates DIY Projects, Pushes Own iPhone, iPad Cradles

Who doesn't suffer from having their iPad and iPhone tumble around their BMW? How do you keep them properly held? To tout its own devices, BMW commissioned a few DIY projects that would give Ray LaHood a conniption. » 11/09/10 10:30am 11/09/10 10:30am

LaHood: Cell Phones While Driving OK For “Specially Trained” Super Cops

"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? » 10/29/10 1:30pm 10/29/10 1:30pm

U.S. Transportation Secretary Hates Facebook, Twitter While Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's fatwa against distracted driving could grow to include a ban on all in-car cellphone use and new tech automakers have already rolled out. Distracted driving is dumb; so are over-reaching regulations buffaloed into existence. » 10/08/10 10:00am 10/08/10 10:00am

Steve Martin On Texting While Driving

Comedian, actor, playwright, banjoist Steve Martin does in a few words what Ray LaHood can't accomplish with an entire coordinated media campaign. [@SteveMartinToGo] » 9/29/10 4:30pm 9/29/10 4:30pm

T.R.A.A.P.D.: Teens Raising Awareness About Awful Parent Drivers

This weekend's Saturday Night Live included a fairly spot-on comedic commentary on the hypocrisy of anti-texting parents. We mean, who hasn't spent time arguing with their GPS unit? » 11/10/09 9:00am 11/10/09 9:00am

NHTSA: Distracted Driving Caused 6,000 Deaths In 2008

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood claims that 15% of all road deaths last year were due to driving while distracted. Texting while driving and other cell-phone-related driver behavior is the focus of a NHTSA summit that began today. Good. [Freep] » 9/30/09 3:00pm 9/30/09 3:00pm