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Indiana bans holding cellphone while driving starting July 1

Mar. 21, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure Wednesday, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015, file photo, a man repairs one of the two tires that he said blew up suddenly while driving on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles. Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people died in 2017 from tire-related crashes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Edmunds: Why having old tires on your car is a risk

Mar. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people...

Indiana ban on drivers using handheld phones wins approval

Mar. 10, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State legislators on Tuesday gave their final approval to a proposal banning motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads to combat distracted driving. The Indiana House voted 81-11 and the Senate 49-1 in favor of the bill allowing cellphone use by drivers only with...

Utah Senate approves, tables ban on driver cellphone use

Mar. 5, 2020 7:21 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate voted for preliminary approval of a bill to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving. The bill received majority support in the 19-8 vote, but was tabled before final passage because the legislation would impact the budget, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The bill...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Mar. 4, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ March 2 The Crossville Chronicle on staying home if you feel ill: Headlines and soundbites are teeming with information about coronavirus, and with good reason. Health professionals are still learning about the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus that as of last week...

NY bill requiring backseat buckle up passes Legislature

Mar. 3, 2020 6:47 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York senators moved to strengthen the state's seat belt laws Tuesday and approved a bill that requires backseat adult passengers to buckle up. The legislation, passed by the state Senate and Assembly, now moves on to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Current law requires front seat...

State police issue 578 warnings for using hand-held phones

Mar. 3, 2020 12:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police issued nearly 600 warnings to drivers caught using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel in the first week of the state's new distracted driving law, the agency tweeted Tuesday. The law took effect Feb. 23. “During the first week of the state's new hands free...

Vermont students asked to create distracted driving PSA

Feb. 29, 2020 12:29 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont students are again being asked to come up with public service announcements to help prevent serious car crashes and deaths due to distracted driving. The third annual contest sponsored by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance is open to interested high school students in grades...

Reckless drivers could lose vehicles under new NYC law

Feb. 26, 2020 4:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City drivers who get five camera-issued red light tickets or 15 camera-issued speeding tickets in a 12-month period will have to take a traffic safety course or risk losing their vehicles under a bill signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday. “We are putting all drivers...

FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 that partially automated driving systems like Tesla's Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. (KTVU-TV via AP, File)

NTSB: Tesla Autopilot, distracted driver caused fatal crash

Feb. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tesla’s partially automated driving system steered an electric SUV into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway because it was operating under conditions it couldn't handle and because the driver likely was distracted by playing a game on his smartphone, the National...