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Graphic designer spotlights texting drivers on website, billboards

Drivers beware: the next time you use your phone behind the wheel, you might end up on a billboard or website designed to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have long warned about such dangers, but now a private ...

Driving simulator shows teens dangers of texting behind the wheel

AT&T gave teenagers at a San Francisco high school a chance to test drive a simulator on Tuesday afternoon that demonstrates the risks of texting and driving. Despite an extensive publicity campaign, Bay Area students continue to put their lives in their hands by using their cell phones while behind ...

Make The Pledge to TXTL8R!

I pledge to TXT L8R. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by pledging the safest driving behavior I can commit to: I will not text while I am driving I will not text while driving and will use only handsfree ...

CHP: 5,900 distracted driving citations issued in April

Cell phone calls, texts and other distractions on the road earned nearly 6,000 Bay Area motorists citations from the California Highway Patrol last month, the CHP announced Friday. The 5,900 citations to drivers throughout the region came during the CHP's "It's Not Worth It" campaign to remind the public of ...

Closed-course test shows dangers of distracted driving

In 2009, more than 100 people in California were killed in accidents caused by drivers who were texting, talking on the phone or eating. But despite such statistics, many people still think they're experts at multi-tasking behind the wheel. Recently KTVU reporter Allie Rasmus went to a closed course with ...

Woman who killed toddler in texting-while-driving case pleads no contest

An 18-year-old woman pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge in Sonoma County Superior Court Thursday morning for the death a 2-year old girl she struck with her car in a Rohnert Park crosswalk last year while texting on her phone. The maximum penalty for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter ...

Two Cities Find an Effective Way to Combat Distracted Driving

Over the last year, police in Syracuse and Hartford have been tough on multitasking drivers. Combined, officers in the two cities have handed out nearly 20,000 tickets for illegal use of a phone while driving — either for texting or use of a handheld phone. At the same time, high-profile ...

Teen driver in alleged fatal texting crash back in court

 A teen driver charged with killing a 2-year-old girl in a Rohnert Park crosswalk while allegedly speeding and sending a text message on her cellphone was set to return to court Wednesday to enter a plea to a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Kaitlyn Dunaway, 18, of Rohnert Park, was ...

Cell Phone Call Leads To Death In Delta Waters

Divers have recovered the body of an Antioch woman who drove off a boat ramp and into the Sacramento River near Isleton while talking on the phone with her daughter, California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley said.   The woman, identified by the Sacramento County coroner's office as 47-year-old Kathleen ...

Pleasant Hill Police To Crack Down On Texting Drivers

Pleasant Hill police will be taking extra steps in April to make sure that motorists are focused on the road as part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign.   About 225 police departments statewide are working with the California Highway Patrol and the state's Office of Traffic Safety to ...

Texting SF Bus Driver No Longer With Muni

A Muni driver, who was suspended for three days after being videotaped texting while driving a bus, is no longer employed by the transit agency, MTA spokesman Paul Rose confirmed Friday.   Rose would not say whether or not the driver had been fired by the agency or left voluntarily. ...

Texting While Driving Is Against The Law

V C Section 23123 Hand Held Wireless Telephone Prohibited Use     Hand-Held Wireless Telephone: Prohibited Use     23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is ...

63 Percent Under 30 Admit Driving While On Phone

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says he "dreaded the day" each of his four children turned 16. And then he cited the statistics that explain why. Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. Nearly 5,500 people in the U.S. were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2009. And ...

New Bill Bumps Fines For Drivers' Cell Phone Use

Nearly three years after California made it illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving, the state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would increase fines for texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving.   The base fine would increase from $20 to $50 per violation ...

Texting and Driving: Do You Know how Dangerous it is?

There has always been a lot of talk about texting and driving. As time passes, we have more examples of really how dangerous it is. Injuryboard member, Pierce Egerton, recently looked at the topic again: Survey: Texting & Driving Only Dangerous If . . ., Pierce Egerton | October 08, ...

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