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  • Cellphone Bans Don't Reduce Accidents, Research Finds
    Cellphone Bans Don't Reduce Accidents, Research Finds

    Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is not leading to a decrease in accidents.The results are somewha......

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  • Car Insurance Rates Much Higher For City Drivers
    Car Insurance Rates Much Higher For City Drivers

    How exactly car insurance companies calculate rates is a mystery, but we do know that they use a closely guarded calculation weighing obvious risk indicators like driving history and age with more surprising factors, such as gender, credit ......

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  • Marijuana Smell Won't Get You In Trouble On Massachusetts Roads
    Marijuana Smell Won't Get You In Trouble On Massachusetts Roads

    In recent months, a number of states across America have made it easier for law-enforcement officers to meet the standards necessary to search a motorist's car without a warrant during a traffic stop.Massachusetts is headed in the opposite ......

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  • Rolling Coal: America's Political Divide Reaches The Roads [w/videos]
    Rolling Coal: America's Political Divide Reaches The Roads [w/videos]

    Jason Mendelson was driving his Toyota Prius in the right lane of Interstate 64 near Richmond, Virginia, when a white pickup truck with two protruding smokestacks cut into the lane ahead.After a few moments, the pickup spewed a torrent of b......

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  • Teens Don't Do This One Simple Thing That Could Save Their Lives
    Teens Don't Do This One Simple Thing That Could Save Their Lives

    Today's teenagers seem to have an issue with wearing their seatbelts. A new report by the Governors' Highway Safety Association has revealed that of the teen drivers killed on the roads in 2012, over half (51.2 percent, to be precise) weren......

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  • 'No-Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Deployed To Combat Holiday Drunk Driving
    'No-Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Deployed To Combat Holiday Drunk Driving

    Alcohol has played a large role in making Independence Day the deadliest day on the calendar for American drivers in recent years.According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 637 Americans have been killed on the holiday between 200......

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  • New York Named The Best State For Teen Drivers
    New York Named The Best State For Teen Drivers

    Teen drivers in New York are safer than teens in any other state, according to a new study from Wallethub.The report looked at 16 different metrics and ranked each state by how they scored in three categories: safety conditions, economic en......

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  • Illinois Bans Traffic Ticket Quotas
    Illinois Bans Traffic Ticket Quotas

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law today banning police from implementing traffic ticket quota systems as a measure of job performance. The law, which goes into effect Sunday, will ensure police officers do not risk discipline or term......

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  • Montana Is Only State Without Driver Texting Ban
    Montana Is Only State Without Driver Texting Ban

    Montana became the only state in the nation that does not ban at least some drivers from texting when a new law took effect in South Carolina this week.State Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley said Wednesday that while he bel......

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  • Tracy Morgan Crash Sparks Another Debate Over Tired Truckers
    Tracy Morgan Crash Sparks Another Debate Over Tired Truckers

    In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a sleep-deprived Walmart truck driver didn't see that traffic ahead in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike had slowed down.By the time he reacted, it was too late. One person was killed and ......

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  • Pennsylvania Police Gain Broader Powers To Search Vehicles
    Pennsylvania Police Gain Broader Powers To Search Vehicles

    Police officers in Pennsylvania no longer need a warrant to search your car during a traffic stop.A recent court ruling granted law-enforcement authorities broader powers in determining whether they can search a vehicle. The Pennsylvania Su......

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  • Think You've Got The Skills To Overcome Distracted Driving?
    Think You've Got The Skills To Overcome Distracted Driving?

    Public-service announcements fashioned in the form of a rap battle seem like a terrible idea, but the video made by YouTube stars Rhett and Link for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manages to be hilarious.In the video, Rh......

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  • LAPD Apologizes For Tampering With Patrol Car Recording Equipment
    LAPD Apologizes For Tampering With Patrol Car Recording Equipment

    Perhaps you've heard this line from a police officer or some other person of authority, "If you haven't done anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" That would probably be one of the many questions being asked by the Los Angeles Police C......

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  • Senate Committee Votes To Keep Driver Black Box Data Private
    Senate Committee Votes To Keep Driver Black Box Data Private

    Drivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known a......

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  • Texting-While-Driving Ad Shows Devastating Effects Of Distracted Driving
    Texting-While-Driving Ad Shows Devastating Effects Of Distracted Driving

    The Department of Transportation released a commercial Wednesday aimed at texting teens and young adults to help curb distracted driving just in time for Distracted Driving Awareness month.The video starts with three teens happily chatting ......

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  • Billboards Of Drivers Texting Appear In San Francisco
    Billboards Of Drivers Texting Appear In San Francisco

    An artist in California is calling attention to bad driving habits in a big way, posting pictures of real motorists engaging in distracted driving on billboards all over San Francisco.Since February, Brian Singer has posted 23 pictures to h......

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  • Colorado Releases New Stoned Driving PSAs
    Colorado Releases New Stoned Driving PSAs

    The Colorado Department of Transportation released three new public service announcements today encouraging newly legal recreational marijuana users to attempt to do anything they want, just not driving. The PSAs are part of a new push to k......

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  • Colorado Cops: Drive High, Get A DUI
    Colorado Cops: Drive High, Get A DUI

    Drive high, get a DUI. That warning comes from the Colorado State Patrol, which launched its new campaign today to prevent stoned drivers from hitting the road.Colorado state troopers are training to become Drug Recognition Experts in order......

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  • Motorist Who Lapped Manhattan Pleads Not Guilty To Reckless Driving
    Motorist Who Lapped Manhattan Pleads Not Guilty To Reckless Driving

    A driver who took a quick spin around Manhattan and told police he was a "car fanatic" who wanted to break unofficial records for circling the island pleaded not guilty to reckless driving charges, according to court documents released Tues......

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  • Texting And Walking Results In More Injuries Than Texting And Driving
    Texting And Walking Results In More Injuries Than Texting And Driving

    Texting while walking results in more injuries per mile than texting while driving, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo.Looking down and typing and/or reading while walking often results in bumping into walls, falling do......

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