A draft New York Senate Bill called Evan’s law aims to cut down on distracted driving by forcing you to turn over your phones after an accident for “field testing.” But the bill, which sounds good in principle, still leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Porsche put its World Endurance Championship driver Mark Webber behind the wheel of a 911 GT3 Cup racecar with a Porsche-designed Blackberry phone to prove that even the best can’t text and drive without distraction.
Can you say a cop is ‘undercover’ when they’re holding a sign announcing exactly who they are and what they’re doing? Maybe, if the sign is scrawled on cardboard, the officers are out of uniform, standing by an off-ramp, and everyone’s brain is conditioned to read people like that as homeless? The San Bernadino Police…
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.
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.
Rocker Peter Frampton, best known for pioneering the talkbox, demon guitar solos, and flowing golden locks, was rear-ended by a texting driver.
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.
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.
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.
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]
New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority tells bus drivers: One text and you're out of a job. [NY1]
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.
"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?
Wait — "may?" You mean... they can do this... now?
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]