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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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Report: 6 best and 13 worst states for highway safety laws

More than 37,000 people were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2016. A safety group has ranked states by the number of laws they’ve passed to reduce that number.  [Read more…]

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Top 5 (and bottom 5) states for safety

More than half of states didn’t get a passing grade for safety in the National Safety Council’s (NSC) latest ratings. Is your state one of the best, or one of the worst?  [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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Uber driver sues Snapchat in crash that caused severe brain injury

An Uber driver is suing Snapchat, claiming the app company is at least partially responsible for a crash that left him with a severe traumatic brain injury. The driver claims the operator of the car that hit him was using Snapchat’s speed filter at the time of the crash.  [Read more…]

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Survey reveals many U.S. drivers distracted behind the wheel

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released a survey that revealed that, despite the known risks, many U.S. drivers are still very much distracted on the road. [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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Cell phone use may cause twice as many fatal crashes as reported

The number of fatal vehicle crashes involving cell phone use is much greater than what is being reported, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). [Read more…]

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Safety News Summary, October 8, 2012

Distracted driving; bicycle helmets; a stiff fine for lockout/tagout hazards; injuries to nonprofit volunteers and workers’ comp; and we’ve seen NFL replacement refs, how about replacement workers’ comp magistrates? It’s all in this week’s Safety News Summary. Click “more” to read on. [Read more…]

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Driver distracted by cell call in fatal, $3M crash

A police investigation into a crash between a tractor trailer and an Amtrak passenger train in Maine says the truck driver was distracted by a cell phone call right before the collision. The crash killed the truck driver and caused $3 million worth of damages to the train. [Read more…]

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