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Lyndhurst, Ohio, Boosts States Distracted Driving Law

If you dare text while drive in Lyndhurst, Ohio, know this: Police will pull you over and write you a citation if they see you do it. That’s because although Ohio has an existing law which makes texting while driving a secondary offense (which means police must find some other reason for pulling you over …

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.08% BAC Extended In Michigan

Michigan state legislators approved a measure to extend the state’s current law which sets the legal limit for driving while intoxicated at .08% BAC. As amazing as it may seem the Michigan state law which set the BAC at .08% was set to expire this year. This prompted some vigilant legislation hawks to notify their …

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Washington State Getting Tough(er) On DUI

For drivers in Washington State, getting behind the wheel after having a few beers might become a much, much bigger deal than it has ever been before. Just last week the Washington State Senate Law & Justice Committee approved a measure which they hope will improve the state’s impaired driving laws. The changes include making …

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Barefoot Driving: Legal But Not Recommended

Believe it or not, while you might need to wear shoes at the local convenience store when you walk in to buy a cold drink, you are not legally required to wear them when you get behind the wheel of an automobile and drive to that store. Yes, that’s right, barefoot driving is currently legal …

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NTSB Pushing Lower Standards For DUI

The National Transportation Safety Board recently announced that lowering the drunk driving limit to .05% blood alcohol content would greatly reduce vehicle collisions and traffic fatalities. Unfortunately for the NTSB and public safety, their position was not immediately embraced by groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Automotive …

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Distracted Driving To The Extreme In California

In case you missed this story, a California woman was driving down the highway when she felt something slither past her legs. Looking down, she saw it was ringed snake, and although her initial reaction was to jump out the window, she navigated through the traffic on the busy highway and pulled over to the …

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Few Distracted Driving Citations Handed Out

A new nationwide report conducted by USA Today shows that although 39 states plus the District of Columbia currently have laws on the books making some form of distracted driving (such as talking or texting on a cell phone or an outright ban on the use of any handheld device) not many citations are being …

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Wisconsin Pushing Mandatory Sentences For DUI

A Wisconsin Assembly is planning to hold a hearing this week to consider mandatory jail sentences for those who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. It only applies to those who are convicted of multiple DUI offenses, however. Specifically, if ultimately approved, the new bill would impose a minimum three-year prison sentence …

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Reinstate Your License At Texas.gov

Texas understands that you might not have been the best driver in the past and are willing to demonstrate that you’ve changed, and will earn your driver’s license back. That’s why they created the web site Texas.gov and loaded it with lots of cool features, like the Texas.gov/License Eligibility. Through a partnership with Texas Department …

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Connecticut Ready To Set Tougher Distracted Driving Law

Lawmakers in Connecticut are convinced that driving while distracted is a public safety issue which needs more emphasis. They are so committed to this belief that they are now strengthening the existing state law which bans all talking and texting on the phone while driving. The new bill, if passed, would make driving while distracted …

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Voice Texting No Better For Drivers

Texas A&M University’s Transportation Research Institute released a new study which shows that even when a driver uses voice-activated technology to send a text message they are just as distracted as if they sent a text in a traditional way. What was perhaps most interesting about their study was the fact that all the drivers …

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Washington State Wants Alcohol Monitoring For DUI Offenders

Washington State legislators are taking a serious look at greatly increasing the punishments for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. Among the issues currently being debated are forms of alcohol monitoring and longer jail sentences for those convicted of DUI. Some combination of jail time and 24-7 alcohol monitoring seems likely to …

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Colorado Shoots Down Stoned Driving Law (Again)

Colorado legislators failed to pass legislation aimed at setting a legal level for the amount of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) for drivers. The idea was to make it clearly illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana by saying, “this is the legal limit.” Police have been asking legislators to set the ‘stoned …

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Loophole In Virginia Texting Ban

The new anti-texting ban in Virginia apparently has a rather large loophole. Although Virginia legislators have made texting while driving a primary offense, allowing police to pull over drivers they see with a phone in their hand, it allows drivers to use their phones for calls, to check voice mail or use their phone for …

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State Laws Regulate Epileptic Drivers

Along with regulating safe driving for everyone, state laws also address issues which might affect otherwise safe drivers. Certain medical conditions can affect a drivers ability to operate a vehicle. Some conditions affect a driver suddenly, and without warning, so differentiating between conditions is a tricky business for legislators and public safety advocates. Chief among …

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