Virginia: Cell phone, texting laws, legislation

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Distracted driving news: Text messaging by all drivers has been subject to primary enforcement for more than a year. In the law's first 10 months, 1,427 convictions for texting & driving were reported by the DMV. Fairfax County continues to post the most convictions, with 318. Primary enforcement for text messaging and driving allows police to stop and cite motorists for that offense alone. Fines have also were significantly increased as of July 1, 2013, from the old $20 to $125 (first offense) and from the previous $50 to $250 for subsequent offenses. There also is a $250 minimum fine … [Read more...]

Wyoming: Cell phone & texting laws, bills

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Distracted driving news: State Sen. Floyd Esquibel's 2014 plan to ban wearable computers with head-mounted displays -- as in high-tech glasses -- has advanced to the full Senate. The distracted driving legislation targets the Google Glass technology, which has yet to go public but has drawn concerns from traffic safety activists. Esquibel saw his texting & driving ban become law in 2010, but his 2013 plan to expand the distracted driving law to include handheld cell phones received a quick rejection. He did not return with that bill in 2014. Esquibel told a Senate panel he introduced the … [Read more...]

Cell phone safety: Bet you didn’t know …

Cell phone safety would seem largely a matter of common sense. Pay attention, watch the road and you’ll arrive safely. But researchers who have been studying cell phone-related accidents since the 1990s say there are some surprising ways in which wireless phones endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians. For example, the simple act of talking on a cell phone actually decreases the quality of visual information received and processed by the brain. Talk more and you see less! State legislators are increasingly mandating hands-free cell phone use for drivers. Hands-free devices such as … [Read more...]

Nevada: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell, texting news: The Nevada Highway Patrol issued about 12,000 electronic distracted driving tickets in 2012. Jan. 1 was the first anniversary of full enforcement of the bans on texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. While the Highway Patrol notes that the distracted driving law is "being ignored" by many drivers, relatively few repeat violations were reported. There were 30 second-time offenders and 25 third-timers in 2012, the Highway Patrol reported Jan. 2. May saw the most ticketing. Fines are $50 (first offense), then $100 (second) and then $250 (subsequent … [Read more...]

Mississippi: Cell phone laws, legislation

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Cell phone/texting news: Mississippi appeared set for a texting & driving ban in 2014, but last-minute politics killed the plan. The governor had said he "look(ed) forward to reviewing and signing this law in hopes of protecting lives." State Rep. Bill Denny made a successful motion to reconsider the legislation that was produced by a conference committee and approved by both houses -- and the legislation was then tabled for the session. Denny said he hadn't realized the bill applied to all drivers since it originally only affected teens. Almost a dozen distracted driving bills were … [Read more...]