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Study Finds Drivers Are Still Being Distracted by Their Cell Phones

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A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that warning motorists about the dangers of handling a phone while driving simply haven’t discouraged them from doing so. According to Consumer Reports, based on its observations of nearly 12,000 real-world drivers in Northern Virginia, IIHS estimated the number of drivers using cell […]

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Can You Stream Video While Driving?

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Distracted driving is one of the most frequently cited causes of car accidents in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. While viewing streaming video content […]

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Texting and Driving Tickets Are On the Rise in New York

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 More drivers are getting tickets for texting and driving in recent years in spite of efforts to reduce distracted driving. According to a news report on LoHud.com, the increase in the number of tickets for drivers is prompting insurance companies to send distracted-driving simulators to public events. The spurt is also prompting lawmakers to consider […]

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Distracted Drivers Are a Major Risk Around New York Schools

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 A new study has found that children are particularly at risk due to distracted drivers on busy roads near their schools. According a CBS News report, the nation’s five worst counties for distracted drivers around schools are New York, Kings and Queens (all three in New York State), San Francisco County in California and Miami-Dade […]

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New York Could Become the First State to Use Textalyzers

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 We’ve all heard of Breathalyzers, machines that measure the blood alcohol content (BAC) when you blow into the device. According to a Pix11 news report, New York State is considering the use of textalyzers in its fight against distracted driving. If state legislators pass a bill that authorizes the use of textalyzers, New York would […]

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Tips on Managing the Many Distractions While Driving

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 We seem to be coming across news stories that talk about the dangers of distracted driving almost on a daily basis. Modern automobile technology with the availability of voice-activated features and touch-screen controls has made the vehicles we drive mostly one big distraction. An article in The Wall Street Journal points out how even as […]

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Study Suggests Pokemon Go Game Linked to Distracted Driving

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 Health experts and researchers are warning that being immersed in an augmented reality game can be a danger when people are driving. After the Pokemon Go game was released this year and became wildly popular, researchers from multiple institutions including Johns Hopkins University and San Diego State University, decided to launch a study and see […]

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GEICO and NYSDOT Partner to Curb Distracted Driving

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 Auto insurance company GEICO has announced that it will donate $1.3 million to help set up 52 “Text Stops” along New York state highways over the next five years in an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents. According to a report in the Daily Gazette, GEICO will also fund posters that warn […]

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New York Among Top 10 States for Selfies While Driving

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 A new survey by the Auto Insurance Center shows that New York ranks among the top 10 states with drivers who post the highest number of selfies while driving. According to a WKBW news report, New Yorkers make 1.29 posts per 100,000 residents while driving. Officials did a quick search of social media and local […]

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Textalyzer May Help New York Officials in Distracted Driving Fight

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 One might say that texting and driving is this century’s drunk driving. If law enforcement officials and safety advocates in the 1980s worked to punish drunk drivers and educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, today they are handing out tickets to distracted drivers and working to educate motorists about the consequences of […]

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