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Woman's Buttocks Impaled When Texting While Driving

Christina Jahnz says she just checked phone for a split second

(Newser) - Ouch, and double ouch: A woman says she was texting while driving when she struck a pole that pierced her truck and ran through her buttocks and thigh, USA Today reports. Christina Jahnz says she had just dropped off her daughter's saxophone at a middle school in Elizabeth, Colo.... More »

Jenny McCarthy: My Kid Called Cops on Me

12-year-old didn't like her texting and driving, is a 'rule follower'

(Newser) - It hasn’t been the best of summers for Jenny McCarthy: First the vocal anti-vaxxer was unceremoniously dumped from The View, then she was accused of slamming cousin Melissa McCarthy’s weight—a rumor that the blonder McCarthy denied to People . Now Jenny says her own 12-year-old son called the... More »

Texting While Driving? Ariz. to Nail You for, Uh, Speeding

Using loophole, crackdown to begin in January

(Newser) - Arizona hasn't outlawed driving while texting, but it's come up with a strategy to deal with those who do use their phones while on the road: Slap them with a speeding ticket, the Pheonix New-Times reports. The crackdown will begin in January, and if you're wondering how... More »

Woman Drives Into Lake While Texting

She's fine, unlike her car

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman in Maryland has delivered unto the nation the latest public-service announcement about texting and driving in dramatic fashion: Police say she lost control of her Hyundai while looking at her phone, smacked a tree, then drove 60 feet into a lake in Waldorf, reports NBC Washington . The... More »

'Distracted Walking' More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving?

Researchers say 2M may have been injured in 2010

(Newser) - You've heard of distracted driving, but distracted walking may actually be more dangerous, according to a new study. Cellphone use while strolling about sent more than 1,500 people to the ER in 2010, a figure that has almost tripled since 2004. Researchers expect it to hit 3,000... More »

Laws Against Distracted Driving Aren't Working

Federal survey says 660K drivers are texting and talking at any given moment

(Newser) - Here's a happy statistic to keep in mind on your next drive: A new federal survey estimates that at any given moment, 660,000 drivers are looking at their phones instead of the road, reports the Los Angeles Times . What sounds like good news is that 39 states now... More »

Hey, Adult Drivers: You Text More Than Kids

Just shy of half say they've done it, even though most know it's unsafe

(Newser) - Cast aside your mental image of irresponsible teenagers who just have to text while they're driving. It turns out adults are even worse. Almost half of all adults surveyed by AT&T (49%) admitted to sneaking in a text while driving, USA Today reports, compared to 43% of teenagers.... More »

West Virginia Mulls Ban on Google Glass While Driving

State rep sees 'safety concern' with Internet headset

(Newser) - Ever imagined Google Glass causing nasty accidents? So has West Virginia state Rep. Gary Howell, who introduced a bill last week to ban wearing such gizmos while driving, CNN reports. "The primary thing is a safety concern," said Howell."It could project text or video into your... More »

Judge Sets $500K Bond on Brent

Cowboys are 'grieving,' Jerry Jones says

(Newser) - Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent entered no plea at his arraignment in the death of teammate Jerry Brown today, and a judge set bond at $500,000, CNN reports. Brent was returned to jail following the hearing; his lawyer said the $500,000 figure was more than the team had... More »

Designated Driver, Make Room for 'Designated Texter'

Survey on teen safety coins a phrase

(Newser) - The bad news from a new State Farm survey is that a third of teen drivers admit to sending or reading texts while driving. The good news is that teens in general seem to have a greater awareness of the danger, with four of five saying they had scolded a... More »

App Lets You Judge Teen Driving

But critics say it encourages texting behind the wheel

(Newser) - Ever sit up wondering about your teenage kid's driving? A Florida dad has designed an app that may allay your fears, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Called howismykiddriving.co , its $15 membership ($10 after the first year) comes with a bumper sticker to put on your teen's car: "How... More »

Half of Teen Drivers Text Behind Wheel

Feds are renewing crackdown on distracted driving

(Newser) - More than half of high school seniors have texted while driving, according to a federal survey that collected the data for the first time ever. In the survey, 58% of 12th-graders admitted to texting or emailing while behind the wheel, while 43% of 11th-graders said they did also, reports AP... More »

Teen Gets Jail Time in Fatal Texting Crash

Massachusetts youth will spend a year in prison

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teenager is going to prison for a year because he was texting while driving and caused a fatal accident, the Boston Globe reports. Aaron Deveau, now 18, crossed the center line and smashed into a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old who died from his injuries. The judge sentenced... More »

Judge: Text Sender Can't Be Sued in Crash

Girlfriend sent driver a text moments before crash

(Newser) - Should the person who sends a text message to a driver be held liable if an accident occurs? A judge in New Jersey says no. He threw out a lawsuit today against a young woman who texted her boyfriend moments before he crashed into two motorcyclists, reports the Star-Ledger . "... More »

DOT Rules Would Limit Car Gadget Use

Agency pushes voice-command systems over 'visual-manual' ones

(Newser) - The Department of Transportation has issued its first draft guidelines to deal with distracted driving, and they ban a lot more than just sending text messages. The guidelines recommend that automakers limit cars' "infotainment" systems so that while a car is in motion, all tasks can be performed with... More »

NTSB Bid to Ban All Phone Use in Cars Is 'Overkill'

Why can't drivers use hand-free sets?

(Newser) - The NTSB's proposal for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones while driving, even of the hands-free variety, "is impractical, it's overkill, and it doesn't make sense," writes Sascha Segan at PC Magazine . Authorities can and should come down hard on anyone caught... More »

NTSB: Ban Phones While Driving

Agency recommends much stricter rules across the nation

(Newser) - States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Safety Board said today. The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and... More »

Texting While Driving Surges

Up 50% last year: survey

(Newser) - Despite 35 states now banning it, the practice of texting while driving continues to increase, according to new research. An observational study conducted at selected stoplights and intersections last year found that at any given moment, 0.9% of drivers were using a hand-held device; that's up from 0.... More »

Free App Stops Texting While Driving

...and tweeting, Facebooking, and emailing, too

(Newser) - In the habit of whipping off a few texts and emails while driving? Then know that 23% of all US motor vehicle accidents, or 1.3 million crashes annually, are caused by cell phone talking and texting—and know that there's a free app to stop you. Called iZup... More »

Driver in Texting Death Can't Have Phone in Car

It's part of plea deal struck for probation

(Newser) - A modern punishment to fit a modern plague: A California woman who killed an 80-year-old pedestrian last year while she was driving and texting will no longer be able to have a cell phone in her car, reports the Glendale News Press . It's part of a plea deal struck... More »

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