distracted driving

Text and Drive

Study: Distracted Driving Contributing to Dangerous Roads

Many drivers report feeling pressured to respond to work-related calls or texts while driving, leading to more distracted driving and riskier road conditions.

April 12, 2022 - Fleet Owner

The interior of a Tesla, with a large video screen. The person behind the wheel is touching the screen.

Tesla Reverses on Video Games for Drivers

Tesla's rollout of video games that can be played by drivers on the center consoles of the automakers cars has quickly turned into a recall.

December 28, 2021 - Associated Press via The Guardian

The interior of a Tesla, with a large video screen. The person behind the wheel is touching the screen.

Video Games on Tesla Screens? Not So Fast, Say Safety Regulators

The Passenger Play video feature available in most Tesla cars has caught the attention of regulators at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

December 24, 2021 - The New York Times

Cyclist on a street in Tucson, Arizona

Activists Urge Action to Reduce Arizona's Bike and Pedestrian Deaths

The state ranks as the seventh most dangerous for pedestrians, with more than 100 pedestrian and cyclist deaths every year.

August 8, 2021 - AZ Central

Text and Drive

Report: Distracted Driving Contributes to 57% of All U.S. Traffic Collisions

Drivers are looking at their phones instead of the road in higher shares than ever during the pandemic, according to a recent report.

December 9, 2020 - Auto Connected Car News

Text and Drive

Distracted Driving—Still a Problem and a Threat to Public Safety

Even with laws limiting or prohibiting the use of devices while driving, motorists continue to make calls and text while driving.

December 20, 2019 - Bloomberg

Pedestrian Danger

After Rash of Pedestrian Deaths, Texas Looks to Create Safety Initiative

In 2018, drivers killed 632 pedestrians in Texas; 68 pedestrians were killed in San Antonio.

September 14, 2019 - Fox San Antonio

Traffic Safety

Deaths from Drivers Running Red Lights Increase 150 Percent in Wisconsin

AAA Wisconsin is trying to raise awareness about traffic safety as fatalities skyrocket in Wisconsin, outpacing a problem mirrored nationally.

September 13, 2019 - Wisconsin Public Radio

Did Uber Just Get Away With Manslaughter?

Remember Elaine Herzberg, the 49-year-old woman who became the first pedestrian fatality due to an autonomous vehicle when she was hit last March by an Uber with a safety driver in Tempe, Ariz.? Prosecutors found no criminal liability.

March 8, 2019 - The New York Times

Illinois License Plate

Tougher Fines for Phone Use and the Introduction of the Dutch Reach for Illinois Drivers

Illinois gets to new pieces of legislation aimed at slowing the rise in pedestrian deaths and other commuter injuries.

August 26, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Text and Drive

Parents Setting Poor Example for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and while parents often instruct teens not to text and drive, they admit to texting and driving at about the same rates as teenage drivers.

August 9, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Text and Drive

Studies: Drivers Far More Distracted Than Walkers

Two articles in national publications share findings from recent studies that make it harder to accept the "distracted walking" excuse for increased traffic fatalities.

June 24, 2018 - FiveThirtyEight

Eating and Driving

Design Solutions for Distracted Driving

A columnist explores how to create an environment that encourages focused, safe driving.

April 12, 2018 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Text and Drive

Study Finds Rampant Distracted Driving

A study by Zendrive examines how many U.S. drivers can't put down their phones.

March 26, 2018 - Bloomberg

Police Enfocement

'Textalyzers' Could Help Cops Bust Distracted Drivers

Chicago is one of the first cities to consider the use of "textalyzers," which would allow police officers to scan phones to see if they were in use during an accident.

January 17, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Amtrak Cascades Derailment Foreseen in Original Rail Plans

The cause of last month's deadly Amtrak crash south of Tacoma above Interstate 5 is attributed to the train traveling at 78 mph through a curve with a speed limit of 30 mph. The original plan for the bypass called for the elimination of that curve.

January 2, 2018 - New York Post

Driving

Friday Funny: Ticketed For Singing and Driving

OK, the officer said it was "screaming" a song that got a driver near Montreal in trouble.

November 3, 2017 - CTV News Montreal

Text and Drive

Dearth of Data Masks Scale of Distracted Driving Fatalities

Bloomberg links the uptick in traffic fatalities throughout the United States to rising smartphone use while driving.

October 24, 2017 - Bloomberg

Distracted Driving

Report: In-Car Technology Creates New Distractions for Drivers

Apparently, car companies thought giving drivers the option to voice command a bunch of smart phone apps would make driving safer.

October 8, 2017 - WTOP

School bus with stop sign

Drivers Most Distracted Right When School Gets Out

A study from the company, Zendrive, found that the overwhelming majority of motorists drive distracted between the hours of 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

September 28, 2017 - CityLab

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