Distracted Driving News

Hello Parents! Get Ready for Your Own Driver-Ed Class

December 28, 2014

There are new requirements for the Graduated Driver Licensing Law for teens under 18. To get a provisional license for the teen, one of the parents need to attend a parent awareness class to be offered by the driver education program.

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Changes to Graduated Driver Licensing Law for Teens

December 28, 2014

Starting January 1, 2015, there are new requirements to get a provisional license if the teen is under 18. Teens must provide a supervised driving log when taking their driving test that’s signed by a parent.

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2014 Enhanced Graduated Driver Licensing Legislation Brief

December 28, 2014

The number of fatal crashes involving drivers under 18 dropped 75% in the three years since Massachusetts implemented the parent class requirement and harsher penalties for junior operators who commit traffic violations.

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Put the Brakes on Distracted Drivers

July 29, 2014

Texting while driving diverts attention from the road an average of 4.6 out of every 6 seconds, officials say. That’s on par with traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph without looking up, according to the state Department of Public Safety (DPS). And using a cellphone while on the road delays driver reaction time as much as having a .08 blood alcohol level.

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Grieving families plead for stricter distracted driving laws

July 29, 2014

Distracted drivers caused more than 17,500 crashes last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and were responsible for 63 deaths. Each crash happened in the split second it takes to glance at a phone, or a radio dial, or the kids in the back seat.

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Teen Driver Texting overtakes Drunk Driving in car crashes

May 14, 2013

The number of teens who are being injured or killed as a result of texting while driving has skyrocketed as mobile-device technology has advanced.

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Study: Distracted driving deaths are underreported due to improper coding

May 9, 2013

Crash deaths in cases where drivers were on the phone are seriously underreported, according to a recent analysis of state and federal data by the National Safety Council, an advocacy group.

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