Walking While Texting, Like Driving While Texting, Puts Pedestrians at Risk of Accident, Injury or Death

Research shows that pedestrians, similar to drivers, experience reduced situation awareness, distracted attention and unsafe behavior when talking or texting on their mobile phones, as reported in a study published in the August issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention that centered on injuries related to mobile phone use among pedestrians. Using data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents that required treatment in hospital emergency rooms from 2004 through 2010, the study found that injuries to pedestrians using mobile phones increased in numbers and as a percentage of total pedestrian injuries from 2004 … Read the rest

It’s Dangerous to Cross a Street While Texting Even If You Can Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time

Is one of your pet peeves people who walk while on their cell phone and, in their oblivious state, either bump into you or at least cause you to change your path? Mine is (when I’m not the one texting). As annoying as that is, people who text while crossing the street are not just a nuisance; they are putting themselves at risk for injury or death. Vehicle-pedestrian accidents injure 60,000 and kill 4,000 people every year in this country.

Researchers watching 1,102 Seattle pedestrians at 20 high-risk intersections during randomly assigned times found that nearly one in three people … Read the rest

Is Texting-While-Driving So Dangerous That A Conviction Should Require Automatic License Revocation?

FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving – thinks so, recently calling for automatic license revocation for drivers who text behind the wheel stating texting is a dangerous and deadly behavior that takes drivers’ mind off the road, hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road. Strengthening penalties for violators will help to curb the behavior, prevent crashes and save lives.

In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo marked the one year anniversary of the state’s strict law to prevent distracted driving by announcing this past July that law enforcement officials issued more than 20,000 tickets to motorists for … Read the rest

Homicide Conviction and Jail Time for Texting While Driving Motor Vehicle Accident Sounds Shocking But Probably Won’t Deter It

A Massachusetts teen, Aaron Deveau, was convicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle as a result of texting while driving. He was the first driver to be charged and convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting under Massachusetts aw. The motor vehicle accident occurred when Deveau’s vehicle crossed over a center line and fatally injured the driver of the oncoming vehicle and seriously injured a passenger in that vehicle.

He was sentenced to two and a half years on the vehicular homicide charge and two years on the texting while … Read the rest

New Yorks Law Against Text Messaging While Driving Signed by Governor Cuomo; Penalty for Using Cell Phone While Driving Rises from Two to Three Points

Effective immediately, it is a primary traffic offense for drivers to use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion, thereby giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. Before this law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle was in motion, but it was a secondary traffic offense — meaning a driver had to be stopped for another violation in order to receive a ticket. The monetary penalty for a violation of this law continues to be a fine of up … Read the rest

33 States Now Prohibit Texting While Driving

Last Friday, June 3, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a new law that prohibits texting behind the wheel. Under the new law, which takes effect in September 2011, violators will face a minimum fine of $100. The new law is designed to strengthen a 2009 Maine law that more generally prohibited distracted driving but was felt not insufficient to deal with the huge safety risk of texting while driving. In Nevada, a bill that bans any non-hands-free use of a cell phone while driving passed through the State Senate and Assembly on June 4th and is now awaiting the governor’s … Read the rest

Consumers Can Sign Up for Free Electronic Recall Alerts From NHTSA

Vehicle owners across the nation can be instantly informed of a safety recall under a new automated alert system announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters. The recall alerts can be received via e-mail or RSS-feeds on personal computers, cell phones or PDA devices-automatically and free-of-charge. This ability by the consumer to be directly contacted in the case of a recall is similar to the systems set-up for recalls of car tires and child safety seats.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 600 vehicle recalls each year. Historically, one in four motorists … Read the rest

Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous Than Drunk-Driving; Is Jail-Time Warranted?

A study by the Transport Research Laboratory, a British center for transport research, has suggested that texting while driving is riskier than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Texting adversely effects drivers’ reaction times, steering control (ie. drifting out of the lane), and maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Motorists who use their mobile phone to send text messages while on the road dramatically increase the likelihood of collision – their reaction times deteriorated by 35 per cent.

In comparison, those who drank alcohol at the legal limit were 12 per cent slower, those under … Read the rest