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New York Drivers Face Tougher Penalties for Handheld Cell Use

Drivers caught talking on hand-held cellphones in New York State now face what are being described as the toughest penalties in the nation as part of a campaign against distracted driving. New York became the first state to prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones in 2001, punishing violators with [...]

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Cell Phone Carriers Exploring Ways to Cut Distracted Driving

To fight distracted driving, cellular carriers are devising ways to block incoming calls and texts when a phone is in a moving car. T-Mobile is leading the way with its new DriveSmart service, available at $4.99 a month. The company says it is responding to requests from subscribers. “There are [...]

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Cell Phone Use by Moms May Lead to Misbehaving Children, Study Suggests

Careless driving and rude public behavior are common symptoms of the cell phone habit. Now, research in Denmark has gone farther, suggesting that wireless use by expectant mothers may cause their kids to act out. Children whose mothers regularly used cell phones while pregnant are more likely to display behavioral problems, according to the study in the Journal of [...]

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In California, Wait Times Down for Emergency Calls from Cell Phones

Millions of cell phone users in California are being connected more reliably to emergency services when they make 911 calls, the Los Angeles Times reports. The number of emergency calls from wireless phones in California that were delayed or failed to go through has fallen from 42 percent, or 4.9 million [...]

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Time to Drop That Call? New Book Outlines Radiation Risks With Cell Phones

Scientist and author Devra Davis, who in her 2007 work "The Secret History of the War on Cancer" took doctors and industry to task for playing down environmental factors behind the disease, is now zeroing in on the hazards of cell phones. The full title of her new book -- [...]

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FCC Zaps Health Advice for Radiation-Wary Cell Phone Users

The Federal Communications Commission quietly eliminated a recommendation for cell phone users worried about the health impact of the devices to buy phones with lower levels of radiation emissions, the Washington Post reports. The recommendation had been in place for 10 years. The change, which came last week, was not [...]

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Anti-Texting Laws Fail to Dent Distracted Driving, Report Says

The passage of laws prohibiting text messaging while driving has done little to make roads safer, according to a new report. The report, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, compared the rates of car accidents in four states that had passed anti-texting [...]

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Completely Ban Cell Phone Use by Drivers? Not Realistic, Safety Group Signals

Restrictions on using cellphones while behind the wheel have spread around the country, but a complete ban -- including barring drivers from talking with hands-free devices -- appears to be a dead issue. The Governors Highway Safety Association has set aside a California proposal to push state legislatures to consider [...]

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Facebooking and Driving Don’t Mix, LaHood Tells Automakers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has chastised automakers for adding electronic gadgets that connect drivers to the Internet, let them check their Facebook "or do any number of other things instead of driving safely." LaHood made the remarks at Tuesday's Distracted Driving Summit, a forum highlighting his department's effort to combat [...]

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Driving Distractions Figure in Nearly 5,500 Traffic Deaths

Distracted driving, an increasingly important concern to safety authorities, continued to account for a large share of traffic deaths last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports. In all, 5,474 people died in 2009 in crashes where distractions, such as using a cell phone, were counted as a factor. Although [...]