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Michigan Legislature Considering Hands-Free Cellphone Bill

Three bills are being proposed to the Michigan Legislature that would only allow hands-free calls and texting, as well as increase penalties for people who text or post on social media while driving.

Federal Safety Advocates Target Worst Driving Habits

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said speeding, impaired driving and distractions caused by electronics kill more than 10,000 people a year.

New Report Grades States According to Traffic Safety Laws

States that rated the best in categories such as occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen driving, impaired driving and distracted driving include Rhode Island, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, California, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

New IIHS Research Indicates Driver Cellphone Interactions Up 57 Percent

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that new research indicates that manipulating a cellphone was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths on U.S. roads during 2017 amid a marked increase in the percentage of drivers observed interacting with cellphones.

‘Fake Auto News’ Study: 35 Percent of Americans Falsely Assume Texting and Driving Is Legal in Most States

DriversEd.com has released its latest study, “Fake Auto News 2019: A Look at Common Driving Myths,” which found that 35 percent of Americans falsely believe that texting and driving remains legal in most states.

Report: Distracted Driving Causes More Severe Crashes

A new study indicates that distracted driving causes more severe crashes depending on the driving environment, according to an article by the Washington Post.

Georgia Experiences Less Vehicle Crashes After Enactment of Hands-Free Law

Georgia has seen a significant drop in traffic fatalities, crashes and insurance claims following the enactment of the state’s Hands-Free Law in July, according to officials and an article by wsav.com.

Lead-Footed, Phone-Shackled U.S. Drivers Earn a ‘C’ for Safe Driving
New Illinois Texting and Driving Law Ups Penalty

A new law in Illinois will impose stiffer penalties on people who are caught texting while driving, according to an article by AP. 

Allstate Unveils America’s Best Drivers for 2018

Allstate has released its 14th annual America’s Best Drivers Report that named Brownsville, Texas, the city with America’s safest drivers.

Smartphone Usage Possibly Linked to On-the-Job Car Crashes: NCCI Study

The National Council on Compensation Insurance has released a new research brief examining a recent increase in the frequency and severity of workers compensation claims for motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and discussing potential contributing factors.

Apple and Google Speed Ahead in Safer Design of Vehicle Infotainment Technology

Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are less distracting to drivers when compared to built-in vehicle infotainment systems designed by automakers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

New Survey from Hum by Verizon Suggests 41 Percent of Drivers Struggle to Stay Focused During the Summer More Than Any Other Time of Year

The survey also indicated that 80 percent of respondents think drivers are more likely to speed during the summer than any other season.