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Texting while driving News

Nova Scotia increases penalties for distracted drivers

Halifax - Turn off your smartphones in your car, Nova Scotians are being told. The Eastern Canadian province is increasing fines for drivers who text or use their cellphones while driving.

Spanish bus driver caught in act of texting while driving (Video)

Barcelona - A passenger on a shuttle bus, running between Barcelona airport and the city center, caught the driver on video, sending WhatsApp messages on his mobile phone while driving through heavy traffic.

Florida's weak texting while driving law now in effect

While Florida became the 41st state to enact a law prohibiting texting while driving, merely texting while operating a motor vehicle is not in itself illegal.

B.C. police want more powers to combat distracted driving

Police chiefs in British Columbia want stricter distracted driving laws including higher fines, giving police the ability to seize cell phones of distracted drivers, and are even considering seizing vehicles of offenders.

Coroner recommends seizing cellphones of drivers caught texting

Montreal - In his report of an accident that killed two volunteer firefighters, Montreal coroner Michel Ferland recommended police seize the phones of drivers found to be texting while driving.

FocusDriven calls for swift, stiff penalties for texting drivers

Omaha - An organization advocating cellphone-free driving is calling on government and law-enforcement agencies to automatically revoke driving licenses of people caught texting while behind the wheel.

Toronto subway operator investigated for texting while driving

Toronto - The incident came to the attention of the Toronto Transit Commission the way most such incidents do these days. A video was taken of the operator driving and then posted on YouTube.

Ban on cellphone use while driving recommended for entire U.S.

Washington - In a unanimous board vote, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Tuesday states should institute bans on cellphone use while driving, including other personal electronic devices (PEDs). .

Sprint releases app that disables a driver's phone

The app, available to Sprint customers with Android phones, would have their phones disabled while they are driving to prevent distracted driving.

Survey: Distracted driving with young drivers a 'deadly epidemic'

Yonkers - A new partnership has been announced to help educate teachers, parents and teens in an attempt at preventing young drivers from distracted driving, a risk involving texting and cell phone use that has reached “a deadly epidemic” level in the US.

Motorists admit to sexual acts while driving

An independent research study showed that besides texting, people were engaging in other activities at an elevated rate that endangered them and others on the road.

Austin driver receives two $500 texting fines within three hours

The world of technology has brought with it a crash course in the school of hard knocks for an Austin, Texas driver. Two months after a texting while driving ban went into effect, some drivers still seem unaware of its severity.

Harsh Sentence Given to Teen in Death of Former Teacher

A Portland, Oregon teen was recently given a five-year prison sentence for a hit-and-run auto accident that killed his teacher. He was driving while texting on his phone, something which has now been outlawed in Oregon.
 

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