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Latest Distracted Driving Study: Risk Highest for Novice Drivers

For a major new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from two major safety groups followed 150 drivers for 12 to 18 months using unobtrusive cameras and sensors in their vehicles. A quarter of those drivers were teens who, at the beginning of the study, had only just earned their driver’s…

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Study: Distraction-Related Bike and Pedestrian Fatalities Rising

A peek into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System may shed light on how pervasive distracted driving is in the U.S. As we discussed on this blog in March, a survey of typical American motorists by the Centers for Disease Control found that nearly 1 in 3 drivers reported talking on…

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What Realistic Steps Can Parents Take to Curb Distracted Driving?

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you’re probably under a lot of pressure. Teens lack experience driving, texting is an ingrained habit they consider indispensible and, well, they’re teens.  The fact that they’re teens is actually important for parents to understand. It’s not just that teens sometimes seem dead-set on doing just the…

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Forget Texting, Behind-the-Wheel ‘Selfies’ Are Even More Unsafe

While safety groups and law enforcement have been spending their time trying to convince teens not to text while they’re driving, a new and even more dangerous trend seems to be emerging: teens and young adults are apparently taking “selfies” — smart-phone self-portraits — while they’re behind the wheel. According to a recent CNN report,…

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Study: Women Text More, but Men Do It While Driving Just as Often

A couple of marketing professors at Kings College in Pennsylvania recently decided to find out how effectively the word is getting out on the dangers of texting while driving. In particular, they wanted to know whether young people were taking warnings about those dangers seriously enough to stop and, if not, whether it was resistance…

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Teens, listen up: 27 pct of all traffic fatalities occur in July

That’s right: a review of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data from 2005 to 2011 showed that more than 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents happen in July. That means this month is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road, and that’s particularly true for teen drivers….

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AAA study: hands-free texting still dangerous

In a landmark research study, the American Automobile Association (AAA) proved right the fears of safety experts around the country: using hands-free technology to compose and respond to texts and emails wirelessly is just as distracting as typing them in by hand. The study used a number of different data collection methods, including interior mounted…

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CDC says more motor vehicle accidents while texting, phoning behind the wheel

The CDC has released a new study showing nearly 1 in 3 motorists are engaged in talking or texting on their phones while driving, exceeding rates found in similar European studies. Motor vehicle accidents are significantly more likely to occur when drivers engage in such behaviors, distracting them to such an extent that their reaction…

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