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Distracted driving defense: ‘I was holding a hash brown, not a cell phone’

After getting a ticket for alleged distracted driving while talking on a cell phone, this Connecticut resident went to court and was able to get his ticket thrown out by arguing that he was actually eating a hash brown at the time.  [Read more…]

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Truck driver falls while putting cell phone in his bunk: Does he get workers’ comp?

For traveling employees, such as truck drivers, it’s often a judgment call by a court whether the employee’s injury occurred in the course and scope of work or during leisure time. What did a court decide in this case?  [Read more…]

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Video: Distracted driver crashes bus while eating burrito

Due to the multiple cameras on this mass transit bus, we can see exactly what happens when drivers take their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds.  [Read more…]

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No cell phone for 2 years: Sentence for distracted driver for fatality

“I don’t think she has a right to a phone.” That’s what a judge said when he sentenced a woman to prison for a distracted driving fatality and ruled she can’t use a cell phone for two years.  [Read more…]

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More than 1 in 4 car crashes due to cell phone use

For the third consecutive year, the percentage of car crashes involving cell phones has increased from year to year, according to the National Safety Council.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 safety stories of 2014

As the late Casey Kasem used to say, “As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger.” Here are, according to your clicks, the most popular posts on Safety News Alert in 2014:

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New state safety laws take effect this month

With the start of the new fiscal year on July 1 in many states, several changes in safety laws go into effect.  [Read more…]

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Another reason to ban texting on the job

Do you have any “text zombies” at your workplace? A new study shows that, just like their fictional TV and movie counterparts, text zombies walk differently, making them more likely to fall. [Read more…]

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Cell phones no safer in hands-free mode while driving: New, in-depth analysis

Evidence continues to mount that operating electronic devices, including cell phones, in hands-free mode while driving isn’t safer than using hand-held models. [Read more…]

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National Safety Council infographic: Car crash fatalities caused by cell phone use

The National Safety Council has conducted a study that shows the number of fatal car crashes due to cell phone use may be drastically under-reported. Click through for an infographic that shows the highlights of the study. [Read more…]

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