Virginia: Cell phone, texting laws, legislation

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Distracted driving news: Del. Richard Anderson's 2015 legislation that would have banned use of handheld cell phones by all drivers is dead for the year. Anderson, who sponsored the bill that made texting & driving a primary offense in 2013, says police aren't making many distracted driving stops because it's difficult to tell what a driver is doing while holding a wireless device. A public safety subcommittee rejected Anderson's House Bill 1926 on a voice vote Jan. 22. Committee chairman Benjamin Cline said the handheld cell phone ban went "too far too fast" for Virginia's pace and … [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: The House Transportation Committee approved several texting & driving measures on Jan. 21 after making their language identical. The move apparently was made in response to last-minute politics that killed the texting ban in 2014. Committee Chairman Robert Johnson said he didn't want "to have one bill on the calendar and lose like we did last year." The plans also would outlaw social networking by drivers. Fines would begin at $25 and go up to $100 in summer 2016. A texting & driving bill will be approved by lawmakers in 2015, "no ifs, ands or buts about it," says … [Read more...]