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Texting While Driving

3 Steps to Disconnecting From Our Phones and Reconnecting With Our Teens

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's seen a young parent text for blocks with their infant in their arms. Or been in an elevator full of people who, instead of engaging in the informal conversations that connect us to each other in community, are each on their gadgets, typing furiously away.

7 Signals You Can Send to Your Teen Right Now Instead of a Text

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The digital world of chatting and texting is generally confined to letters and words, and the photos and videos sent are often not interactive; they are one-way streams of information.

Defensive Driving Without Leaving the House

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

What will it have mattered, that three people made the decision not to be on the other end of the line with a driver on a cell phone? Like so much in life, we'll probably never know. But like so much else in life, movements only become movements when one person steps up.

The Best Gift to Give This Holiday Season

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Delaney

God (if you believe in her/him) is kind of like your kids, more influenced not by what charity board you sit on, or how much you give to help communities supporting orphans in Africa (excellent cause by the way) but by how you treat others that are not in your social class or circle when no one is looking.

The Truth About Women's Complicated Relationship With Technology

The Huffington Post | Lori Leibovich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

A poll released today by the Huffington Post and Real Simple finds that technology plays an essential -- though complicated -- role in women's lives. ...

From a Recent College Graduate: How to Stop Teenage Texting and Driving

Bradley Bermont | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Bradley Bermont

Even after years of statistical inundation, it took a lot more than numbers to stop me from texting and driving.

At NASCAR I Keep My Eyes on the Road, or Else

Ben Rhodes | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Ben Rhodes

When I fire up the engine in my race car, I focus 100 percent on the task at hand: bringing home a win. As a race car driver, if you are not focused, you can go from winning to wrecking out your car in a split second.

Choices That Kill

Ellen Sabin | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Ellen Sabin

My dad was out with my mother on their regular 60-or-so mile ride with their Wednesday bike group. It was a clear day, a straight road, with no traffic or obstacles. Regardless of the safe conditions, this woman slammed into my father and killed him because she made a choice.

For Parents, When It Comes to Our Teens, This Little Thing Is a Lot Bigger Than We Think

Steven Sorenson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Steven Sorenson

When your spouse sends a text asking what you need at the grocery store and you seamlessly look away from the road for a moment to type "milk," it seems like a victimless crime. And it is, until that one time you react a second too late and lives change forever.

Distracted Driving: What Does It Say About Us?

Nicholas Ward | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Nicholas Ward

Driver distraction -- in its many forms -- is a factor in nearly one in four injury crashes and one in six fatal crashes. And many of these forms of distraction are deliberate; that is, we decide to remove ourselves from the driving task to do something else, such as make a cellphone call. So what does it say about our culture when we deliberately distract ourselves from the goal of driving safely to instead send a text or make a phone call?

Texting and Driving: What Happened to Our Family

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Many college kids are returning home for the holidays and haven't been behind the wheel of a car for a while. Remind them to put down their phones and focus on the road. #itcanwait.

Eyes on The Road: Connecting Communities to Solve Distracted Driving

Randy Ortiz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Randy Ortiz

So how do we bridge the great divide between awareness and action? How do we assist law enforcement in carrying through with these important laws and regulations that protect our families and employees?

Cell Phones and Driving is The New Drunk Driving

Susan Yum | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Susan Yum

When I entered the room, I noticed that Jake's feet were bare and all I could focus on were his little toes, and doctors were working on him so furiously. Then one of the doctors said the dreaded words that no mother wants to hear. He said, "Mom, we have to call it."

Cell Phones Are Involved In 1 In 4 Car Crashes. Here's What Some States Are Doing About It.

Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology

Distracted driving is one of the biggest threats on the road, with more than a million crashes each year involving drivers talking or texting on mobil...

Welcome to Driving Without Thinking

Ted Minall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ted Minall

Come on, who really gets into their car, truck or yes, even bus, and actually devotes 100% of their focus on driving? I know, I know, you're a good driver! You can multi-task! You've been driving for 40 years and never been in a car crash! And, you're much too busy to waste time just driving.

We Can Take Back Control of The Public Safety Epidemic on Our Roads –- And Technology is The Answer

Brandon Nixon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brandon Nixon

Somehow we accept that drunken, drowsy, distracted and aggressive driving are a given. We're more equipped than ever to fight back and yet? Despite the rise in traffic deaths, we're giving in.

True Confessions of an Admitted Distracted Driver

Cathy Jarosh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cathy Jarosh

The first step to being a safer driver is recognizing what your own worst habits are, and then finding the steps you can take to change.

Why Do People (Still) Text And Drive?

Scott W. Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Scott W. Campbell

Despite laws, media campaigns and increased awareness, texting behind the wheel persists, raising the question of "Why?"

Fatalities of Distraction

Angie Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Angie Ward

It also seems safe to say most of us agree fidgeting with devices while we're behind the wheel is a pretty stupid thing to do. But many of us are still doing it; the knowledge of the danger doesn't seem to be overriding the desire to stay connected and entertained.

Don't Look Away From The Roadway

Tom Dingus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Dingus

The results of all of our naturalistic studies verify one assertion: driver distraction and inattention are tangible public health threats. If you look away from the roadway for more than a second or two, your risk of getting in a crash grows substantially.

Bianca Bosker

Why Obama's Former Transportation Chief Wants To Brick Drivers' Phones

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology

When Ray LaHood took office in 2009 as secretary of the Department of Transportation, 18 states had passed laws to fight distracted driving. When he r...

Is Distracted Driving Undoing The Seat Belt?

Bill Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Bell

Seat belt usage is approaching 90 percent nationally, highway safety engineers are building safer roads and police officers are being more prescriptive in their enforcement. However, one behavior is getting worse -- distracted driving.

A Focus on Distraction

Peter Kissinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter Kissinger

Very conservative estimates indicate that at least 3,000 people are killed in the United States each year in crashes involving a distracted driver, and cell phones and texting aren't the only causes.

Distracted Driving: Something Every Driver Does

Fred E. Zwonechek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Fred E. Zwonechek

Every time we drive, we fail to realize the significance that a split second error in decision making or a slow reaction time can result in serious injuries, permanent disabilities and/or loss of life. "Not me, I'm a good driver with no tickets or crashes. It happens to all those other bad drivers on the road," is commonly said or thought by most drivers. It is that thinking that minimizes our own careless and negligent behavior behind the wheel.

Porn Distracts Driver, Prompting Alleged Crash That Killed Officer

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.06.2013 | Crime

A truck driver in Arizona was allegedly distracted by porn on his cell phone when he crashed into three police cars, killing an officer. Video obta...