Virginia: Cell phone, texting laws, legislation

Distracted driving news: Am emotional Manassas police officer testified Feb. 8 in favor of bill seeking to crack down on social media use of smartphones. Heather Munsterman suffered brain damage after being hit in an accident blamed on a driver who was text messaging. Four days later, House Bill 461 was "continued to 2017" by the House Transportation Committee. Del. John O'Bannon has proposed a doubling of the state's fines for texting while driving. He says the idea for 2016's House Bill 73 came from a trio of high school students. O'Bannon says he doesn't see "any reduction in texting … [Read more...]

Wyoming: Cell phone & texting laws, bills

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: Almost 200 drivers were cited for electronic distracted driving in a February 2015 sweep in the Reno-Sparks district. Cell phone use and other distracted driving activity resulted in the majority of the 452 tickets written in the Feb. 12-23 crackdown. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Sheriff's Office joined with local police in the safety sweep. The Department of Public Safety said of the crackdown: "Nevada's ban on hand held devices took effect Jan 1, 2012, and three years into the law officers continue to observe and cite violators every day." It added: … [Read more...]

Mississippi: Cell phone laws, legislation

Cell phone/texting news: A ban on texting & driving in Mississippi went into effect July 1. Fines begin at $25 but will increase to $100 in summer 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant signed the legislation March 13. The new law (via House Bill 389) also outlaws social networking by drivers. The new law continues to allow use of cell phones by drivers, meaning the state likely will continue to revisit electronic distracted driving in future sessions. A month after the law went into effect, few citations were reported in key counties. State Sen. Billy Hudson says lawmakers "absolutely" need to upgrade … [Read more...]