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  • Pima County bans texting while driving

    06/18/2016 6:41:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    Motorists in Pima County will have to wait to respond to that text message after a ban on texting while driving went into effect this week, giving law enforcement another tool to curb what one Sierra Vista police commander called the most prevalent of the many distractions within a vehicle these days. For years, texting while driving has been one of the most common forms of driver distraction, said Cmdr. Lawrence Boutte of the Sierra Vista Police Department. “We’ve not done any official studies, but every last one of us knows that it takes attention from the road and is...
  • U.S. envoy to U.N. urges more action on dangers of texting behind wheel

    04/16/2016 9:05:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/15/2016 | David Shepardson
    Texting on mobile devices while driving is a growing "global killer" and not enough attention is being paid to the dangers of distracted drivers, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday. The U.N. General Assembly said on Friday it had asked the secretary general to consider establishing a voluntarily funded Road Safety Trust Fund to support efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from traffic accidents. Road crashes kill more than 1.25 million people and injure as many as 50 million people a year globally, according to the world body. It has urged...
  • iPhone users targeted by new 'Apple Support' scam that steals ID and password

    04/12/2016 8:29:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 12, 2016 13:20 BST | By Jason Murdock
    Apple Phishing scam doing the rounds Phishing is a technique used by cybercriminals that ‘fishes’ for sensitive information via email – and now mobile. Apple users should be on high alert after a fresh SMS phishing scam was exposed that uses sophisticated online trickery in an attempt to compromise Apple ID credentials. Commenters on social media first reported the issue in early April after receiving a suspicious text message that read: "The Apple ID associated with this number is due to be terminated. To prevent this, please confirm your details at – Apple Inc." Screenshot of the Apple phishing...
  • New Jersey ‘Distracted Walking Bill’ to Criminalize Walking and Texting

    03/28/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/28/2016 | Ben Kew
    A proposed “distracted walking” bill in New Jersey would ban pedestrians from walking and texting simultaneously, with the possibility of a $50 fine or even a short jail sentence. The measure, which has been proposed by New Jersey Assembly Congresswoman Pamela Lampitt, is to try and reduce pedestrian deaths as a result of distraction from mobile devices. The law would ban people from walking while texting on any form of electronic communication device unless it is totally hands free. Those caught could face fines of up to $50, 15 days imprisonment, or both, which is the same penalty as jaywalking.
  • Family texts wrong number about birth of baby, strangers show up at hospital with gifts

    03/26/2016 8:41:13 PM PDT · by exDemMom · 24 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/21/16 | Hope Jensen
    A hilarious text mix-up about a newborn led to a sweet moment between strangers. A woman who intended to text family members about the birth of her baby accidentally texted a complete stranger. ... Williams congratulated the family and told them they had the wrong number, but the texts kept coming. ... Instead of just ignoring the texts, Williams replied: “Well I don’t know y’all but me and the boys will be thru to take (a) picture with the baby.” ... Williams came through on the promise. He and his brother showed up at the hospital to see the family...
  • Salisbury Cathedral giant hands artwork 'bumped into by texters'

    02/22/2016 12:21:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | February 19, 2016 | Staff
    The 20ft tall (6m) sculpture, called The Kiss, was positioned at Salisbury Cathedral, inviting people to walk in-between the wrists. But it has been shifted off North Walk as a decision was taken that it was not well enough illuminated in the dark. Artist Sophie Ryder wrote online that people were "walking through texting". Some had "bumped their heads", she said.
  • Dad Arrested for Taking Daughter’s Phone as Punishment

    01/27/2016 12:09:03 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 72 replies ^ | 1/27/2016 | Melissa Walker
    When Ronald Jackson found a text he thought was rude and inappropriate on his then-12-year-old daughter's phone in September 2013, he took the cell away. But the child's mother, Michelle Steppe, balked at his action -- and she called the police. Steppe and Jackson have not been a couple for years, and Steppe is now married to a Grand Prairie, Texas, police officer. When the police showed up at Jackson's door later that day and asked for the iPhone 4 back, Jackson refused. "At that point I decided the police don't interfere with my ability to parent my daughter," he...
  • Top 50 Most Popular Text Terms [LOL ain't in Top 20]

    01/19/2016 4:26:06 PM PST · by Bender2 · 48 replies
    [Top 21 of the] Top 50 Most Popular Text Terms: 1. 2moro - Tomorrow 2. 2nite - Tonight 3. BRB - Be Right Back 4. BTW - By The Way -or- Bring The Wheelchair 5. B4N - Bye For Now 6. BCNU - Be Seeing You 7. BFF - Best Friends Forever -or- Best Friend's Funeral 8. CYA - Cover Your Ass -or- See Ya 9. DBEYR - Don't Believe Everything You Read 10. DILLIGAS - Do I Look Like I Give A Sh** 11. FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation 12. FWIW - For What It's Worth -or- Forgot...
  • Maryland officer dresses as homeless man to catch drivers texting

    10/28/2015 10:42:23 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 23 replies
    Baltirmore Sun ^ | Oct 28 2015 | AP
    A Maryland police officer went undercover and dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving. Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover Tuesday morning equipped with a police radio and a body camera. He held a sign that read, "I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations."
  • Afghan engineer, who aided U.S. forces, killed and son injured when hit by car while bicycling

    07/13/2015 12:46:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/12/15 | Peter Hecht
    Father moved family to Sacramento amid security concerns in Afghanistan CHP: Driver, looking at text message, drifted into bike lane and struck dad and son ‘Charges are pending,’ spokeswoman says After risking his life working as an electrical engineer on U.S. military projects in northern Afghanistan, Mustafa Rafi believed he had found a safe haven for his family in Sacramento County. But less than two weeks after settling his family into a modest apartment, the 33-year-old was killed Sunday morning and his 8-year-old son suffered life-threatening injuries after a driver suspected of texting while at the wheel swerved into the...
  • Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial

    04/18/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor most people, the word virtual has come to mean the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.”  But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem.Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant “being something in effect, though not actually or expressly being such.” In other words, if something is virtual it has aspects of the real thing but is not the real thing. In the sentence “The man is a virtual goldmine...
  • Reporter refuses to apologize for texting during National Anthem: 'It's 2015'

    04/27/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 60 replies
    Post Standard: Syracuse NY ^ | updated April 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM | By Geoff Herbert |
    A reporter is under fire for texting during the National Anthem and refusing to apologize. Helena Andrews, who writes the Reliable Source gossip column for The Washington Post, was caught on video using her cell phone as the "Star Spangled Banner" played Saturday at the 2015 White House Correspondents dinner. Andrews appeared to be typing with her head down, glued to her smartphone's screen, while other attendees stood solemnly with their hands over their hearts until the patriotic song finished.... "Apparently someone saw me on TV 'texting' during the dinner. FTR (For The Record) I was taking notes. On my...
  • Bruce Jenner In Horrible Car Crash One Person Dead

    02/07/2015 2:15:02 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 267 replies
    TMZ ^ | 02/07/2015 | TMZ staff
    Several eyewitnesses say the accident was caused when Bruce rear ended the white car and that car then went into oncoming traffic and was struck by the Hummer. Eyewitnesses say the driver of the white car -- a female -- died.
  • Texting probed after Bruce Jenner rear-ends car, causing fatal crash

    02/08/2015 10:30:31 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 205 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Helen Kumari, Calvin Milam and Linda Massarella
    MALIBU, Calif. — Gender-bender reality-TV star Bruce Jenner rear-ended a car Saturday, causing an accident that killed a woman motorist. Seven other people were injured in the accident, which happened shortly after noon on the Pacific Coast Highway near its intersection with Corral Canyon Road. Jenner’s dark blue Cadillac Escalade was towing a dune buggy in a trailer when he rear-ended a white Lexus sedan being driven by an ­elderly woman.
  • Man Misses Whale 2 Feet Away Because He Was Glued to His Phone

    02/05/2015 8:03:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 4, 2015 | Avianne Tan
    This Instagram photo shows a man missing a humpback whale surface two feet away from him because he was glued to his phone. The moment was caught during a whale watch in Redondo Beach, California, professional photographer Eric Smith told ABC News today.
  • 'V' Is for Very: The rise of the shortest possible abbreviation and what it means for the future

    01/14/2015 7:21:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tanya Basu
    Over lunch one day, a co-worker grumbled about something being "v. annoying." It took a second for me to understand what the quick, consonant blip pre-adjective was, and when my brain processed it, I realized something: Yet again, we'd contextualized Internet slang into a colloquialism. Or was it as new-fangled as it seemed? OMG, after all, the classic abbreviation—used by squealing pre-teens, shocked parents, and everyone in between to evoke a three-syllabic exclamation of emotions ranging from surprise to ironic excitement—was one of the original text acronyms to be translated from cellphone screen to language (remember those "scandalous" Gossip Girl...
  • Parents: 50 texting acronyms your kids might use that you need to know

    12/09/2014 5:47:49 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Dec 8, 2014
    Parent involvement key to keeping kids safe online. These days, kids let their fingers do the talking, instant messaging or texting their "BFF's" at any time of the day or night. BFF is "best friend forever" in Internet shorthand. ... Do you know what "POS" means in kid lingo? That's "parent over shoulder." Don't worry, the three dads we asked didn't know either. We stumped another mom with "ASL." That's "age-sex-location," a phrase swapped liberally throughout the Internet when strangers meet.
  • 6 Ways The Cops Know You're Texting (advice for coping with the surveillance state)

    11/02/2014 11:34:16 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 65 replies via ^ | October 30, 2014 | Mark Vallet
    1. The panhandler on the corner Canadian cops dress up as panhandlers in order to get up close and personal with drivers. Officers in Ontario and British Columbia have slipped on hoodies, donned baseball caps and clutched tattered cardboard signs (complete with misspellings) before hitting busy street corners. Their cardboard signs offer an upbeat message on one side and a clear warning on the other. One read, "My name is Constable Mike Cairns. If you are reading this sign you are about to get a cell phone ticket." 2. The trucker in the next lane Last year, New York Gov....
  • Most Awesome 1:23 ad you've ever seen (Vanity)

    10/24/2014 3:38:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 50 replies
    You've got to see this Ad and pass it on to your kids and grand kids. It's in a theater in Hong Kong among unsuspecting theater goers. Click on YouTube above or the Direct Link I will try to post in Comment #2 box. It's worth your time and could save a life...... probably yours.
  • Widow of man shot in theater ‘for texting’ hits out at judge after ‘shooter’ released

    07/13/2014 10:21:09 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 260 replies
    UK DailyMail online ^ | 11 July 2014 | By ALEX GREIG and SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Bail was set at $150,000 for the release of Curtis Reeves, 71, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Chad Oulson, 43 Appeals court ruled that a district judge may have made an error by failing to set bail for Reeves Reeves shot and killed Oulson at a movie theater in January after a dispute over text messaging The former police captain must stay home, wear an ankle monitor, surrender his guns and avoid contact with victim's widow 'We are flooded, we are devastated,' said lawyer representing Nicole Oulson after news of Reeves' impending release
  • ‘I’m from a different generation’: Don Henley tears into fans who text, take pictures, etc

    06/07/2014 7:13:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 97 replies
    Something Else Reviews ^ | May 21, 2014 | Something Else!
    <p>As Don Henley continues on what has been a well-received, but apparently endless, hits-packed reunion tour with the Eagles, he’s developed a laundry list of audience behaviors that get under his skin.</p> <p>That includes, but is not limited to, fans who stand up, fans who text, fans who take too many pictures and fans who post raw concert videos to YouTube.</p>

    04/25/2014 6:10:15 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 70 replies
    Almost all of us have sent a text or two we didn’t mean. Here’s some hilarious texts.
  • If a driver collides with me while they're texting I hope I'm this sane and rational...

    04/22/2014 11:01:53 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 35 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Some people can actually handle such multi-tasking. Then again, it only takes one screw up to permanently tarnish one's record.
  • UNBELIEVABLE: Watch a Marriage Collapse in 30 Seconds

    04/06/2014 12:46:01 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 48 replies
    The Clash Daily ^ | 04/06/2014 | Clash Daily
    Women Texting During Her WeddingThis is typically not what you would expect to see at a wedding. Do you think this could b a warning sign of the things to come?
  • Police: Woman slashed after texting feud

    03/24/2014 3:09:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | March 24, 2014
    DAYTON — A woman was arrested on a felonious assault charge after Dayton police responded to a report of a stabbing Sunday evening. Diona E. Day, 22, was taken into custody at her Lakebend Drive apartment after police say she slashed at another woman with a butcher knife. According to the police report, the two women had been arguing all day via texts and Facebook posts.
  • Woman charged with murder following texting squabble gets 7 years

    03/21/2014 4:36:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    PRINCETON — A Mercer County woman, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after a heated exchange of text messages led to a fatal shooting, was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison with credit for time served.
  • Records: Man in theater shooting also was texting

    03/13/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 13, 2014 | Tamarah Lush/ Associated Press
    A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son minutes before the shooting, according to documents released Thursday by Florida prosecutors. Curtis Reeves' son, Matthew Reeves, told detectives that his father texted him at 1:04 p.m. Jan. 13, the documents show.... Matthew Reeves said he had walked into the dark theater while the previews were playing and looked around for his parents. It was then, investigators said, that Reeves shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson.... A judge ruled Wednesday that the...
  • Codgers Freaking Out

    02/26/2014 4:15:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | February 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    America's most popular cable news host is upset. "Marijuana use, video games and texting (are) creating major social problems," says Bill O'Reilly. "This is an epidemic that will lead to a weaker nation!" Give me a break. Crotchety old geezers always complain about "the kids." The Boston Globe frets about "Idle Trophy Kids." The New York Post asks if millennials are "The Worst Generation?" Older folks (my age) complain that young people spend so much time texting each other that they can't communicate. And because they spend hours playing violent video games, violence is up. Bunk. It's true that...
  • Woman Hit by Train While Looking at Phone and Walking Is Back on Social Media

    02/16/2014 10:19:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 15, 2014 8:26pm | Liz Fields
    Liza Dye is a living advertisement for why you shouldn’t walk while engrossed in something on your cell phone, especially before getting on the subway: The 25-year-old New York resident recently learned the hard way that technology can be hazardous to your health. Dye fell onto the tracks in front of an oncoming subway train at New York’s Broadway-Lafayette Station, while engrossed with her phone on Thursday. The oncoming B train stopped short, but not before rolling right over the South Carolina native, who is lucky to be alive. …
  • Widow tells ‘GMA’: Put theater shooter in prison for life

    01/23/2014 8:42:56 AM PST · by 4Runner · 280 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | January 23, 2014 | Rick Mayer
    Nicole Oulson told a national television audience today that she wants Curtis Reeves, the man accused of killing her husband in a Wesley Chapel movie theater, to spend the rest of his life in prison. “He brought an unfair life sentence to me to have to raise my daughter alone, to have to live without the love of my life, for my daughter to grow up without her daddy by her side for graduation and marriage,” Oulson said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It was so unnecessary, it was for no reason. So I want him behind bars and to...
  • Man shot dead over texting dispute in Florida theater

    01/13/2014 5:22:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 30 replies
    reuters ^ | Mon Jan 13, | Barbara Liston
    A retired police captain shot and killed one moviegoer who was texting and wounded his wife on Monday in a Florida theater showing the hit new war film "Lone Survivor," authorities said. Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office, said the shooter, identified by local media as 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, was waiting for the film to begin with his wife when they got into an argument with another couple in the row of seats directly in front during the previews. At some point, Reeves brandished a gun and shot both Chad Oulson, who was texting, and his wife...
  • New York promotes 'texting zones' where chatty drivers can park

    09/23/2013 6:57:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    LAT ^ | September 23, 2013, 3:18 p.m. | Tina Susman
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced measures aimed at drivers haunted by the sound of unanswered cellphone rings and dings. New highway signs will say: "It can wait: text stop 5 miles." Drivers won't be steered to new pullout spots; the so-called "texting zones" will be in existing rest stops and parking areas. But Cuomo, who recently stiffened penalties for distracted driving, said the signs will help change motorists' behavior by reminding them that relief from the digital wilderness is just a few minutes down the road. One federal study says that in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes...
  • Text a driver in New Jersey, and you could see your day in court

    08/29/2013 8:32:41 AM PDT · by Altariel · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | August 29, 2013 | By Ben Brumfield and Chris Boyette, CNN
    The lawsuit The Kuberts both lost their legs. They sued. But they didn't just go after Best. They included Colonna in the lawsuit. In their minds, she was distracting him and was also responsible for their pain and loss. They settled with Best and lost against Colonna, but they appealed that decision. The plaintiffs' attorney, Stephen Weinstein, argued that the text sender was electronically in the car with the driver receiving the text and should be treated like someone sitting next to him willfully causing a distraction, legal analyst Marc Saperstein told CNN affiliate WPIX. The argument seemed to work....
  • Restaurant Lays Off Workers Via Text

    07/16/2013 4:18:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    The Daily Meal ^ | Jul 15, 2013 @ 10:56 AM | Jessica Chou, Editor
    How touching: A restaurant owner in Winter Park, Fla., decided to tell all his workers that they'd lost their job without prior notice, and all via a mass text message. That's harsher than a text breakup. WFTV reports that the restaurant, Barducci's Italian Bistro, shut down without prior notice earlier this month. The owner, Gregory Kennedy, sent out a mass text to employees on the Fourth of July, saying, "I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci's effective immediately."
  • Put that phone down and just walk

    07/13/2013 7:18:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 13, 2013 | Renée Loth
    THE TOWN of Fort Lee, N.J., has outlawed texting while jaywalking, issuing scores of $54 tickets to pedestrians who send or read messages while drifting out of crosswalks. Tiny Rexburg, Idaho, bans texting while crossing the street. Last year the Utah Transit Authority created a $50 civil fine for distracted walking across its transit tracks. Even in Nevada, where “Anything Goes” should be the official state song, legislators filed a bill this year making it a crime to read, write, or send data while crossing a public way.
  • Former prosecutor admits wrongdoing during trial (Judge Texting)

    07/12/2013 1:49:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    2 Houston ^ | 7/4/2013 | 2 Houston
    LIVINGSTON - A Polk County District Court Judge has admitted in a letter to the Texas State Bar that she acted improperly while serving as an Assistant District Attorney. Local 2 Investigates obtained a copy of the April 29, 2013 letter signed by Kaycee L. Jones, 411th Judicial District Judge. The crux of the issue is a series of text messages Jones received from Elizabeth Coker, 258th Judicial District Judge, while Coker was on the bench during a trial.
  • Senator Says Texting Illegals Will Remind Them to Go Home

    05/13/2013 11:41:09 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2013 | John Semmens
    Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) contends that “a significant share of the illegal immigration problem is inadvertent. Those who become illegal residents due to expired visas can’t really be blamed.” Carper suggested that “a program that would send text messages to those in the country on visas reminding them that their visas had or were about to expire would, in my opinion, greatly reduce the number of offenders.” Carper said he got the idea from a similar program run by the Mexican government that texts expectant mothers reminding them of the estimated number of days they have left to cross the...
  • (Democrat) Sen. Tom Carper Proposes Text Reminders to People Who Might Overstay Their Visas

    05/08/2013 9:55:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, proposed Tuesday using text messages to remind people who are inside the U.S. on visas when their visas are scheduled to run out. “You’ve got a month to go on your visa. You got two weeks to go. You got a week to go. You got a day to go, and the idea that people know that we know that they’re here, we know that their time is running out, and we’re watching them,” Carper said, describing ways the possible text messages that can be used to remind people...
  • Virgin America flights allow mile-high flirting: Passengers can send drinks, texts to others

    04/24/2013 12:35:59 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    WKMG Local 6 - Orlando ^ | Apr 24 2013 | Jordan Early
    Tired of striking out at the singles bars? Then you might want to try a Virgin America flight. The airline has launched a new service that allows passengers to send a drink to someone on the plane who's caught their eye. It's done through the airline's in-flight entertainment system. Passengers pinpoint their designated hottie with Virgin's digital seat map, browse the menu and have a drink, snack or meal sent over. Passengers can also follow up with a text through the seat-to-seat messaging system. Virgin launched the service this week to mark the start of its Los Angeles to Las...
  • Guest MINDSETTER™ Steven Artigas: Time to Disable the Cellphones

    04/17/2013 10:40:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Steven Artigas
    I was almost sideswiped by another driver on Interstate 95 today. He missed me by a couple of inches and I looked over with alarm as he passed to see him looking down into his lap and not out the windshield. No proof, naturally, but it's a safe bet he was texting on his cell phone. If fact, I had been watching him in my mirror as he approached from behind in the passing lane, and his directional control was marginal, to say the least. Who among us has not been witness to an inattentive driver using a cell, whether...
  • Pilot Texting Linked to Fatal Air Crash

    04/09/2013 8:28:52 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/09/2013 | By Rob Quinn
    (Newser) – Texting while flying may have been a major factor in the 2011 crash of an emergency medical helicopter, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigators. Pilot James Freudenbert died along with three other people when he crashed in Missouri after running out of fuel. The NTSB, implicating distraction caused by cell phone use in a commercial aviation crash for the first time, found that Freudenbert sent and received seven messages during the flight, Bloomberg reports. Freudenbert, who was arranging dinner with a coworker, was breaking company rules by using an electronic device while at the controls. "This is...
  • Texting woman falls into canal [VIDEO]

    01/28/2013 8:59:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | January 25, 2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    If this isn't the perfect PSA for the dangers of texting and walking, we don't know what is. British radio personality Laura Safe was typing messages to her boyfriend when she walked straight into the icy water of a canal in Birmingham--and it was all caught on CCTV. "I thought the canal was pavement because it looked dark out of the corner of my eye," Safe told the Sun.
  • Social Media, Terrorism Connect Too Well

    12/05/2012 12:51:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | Published 1:16 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Janine Zacharia
    SNIPPET: "Social media is no longer simply a fun way to share updates on the harmless idiosyncrasies of our lives. It can undermine national security, and there ought to be a more robust discussion between the Bay Area technology world and Washington on what to do about it. Cyber-terrorism, especially the potential for electronic tampering with U.S. industrial or military installations, is a paramount national security threat that Washington is working to forestall. We're all working to protect our accounts from hackers. But the cyber-threat getting far less public attention involves the social media networks we use every day and the...
  • Alaska woman falls off 60-foot cliff while texting

    09/28/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT · by vet7279 · 37 replies ^ | September 27, 2012 | foxnews
    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports she slipped as she was texting on her phone at the same time she tried to toss a cigarette butt over the cliff edge. Read more:
  • Teen found guilty of negligent vehicular homicide

    06/06/2012 9:01:28 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    WHDH-TV ^ | 6/6/12 | WHDH-TV
    <p>HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts teenager has been found guilty of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation for causing a fatal car crash while texting on his cellphone.</p> <p>It was the first time someone had been tried in Massachusetts for the crimes while sending or receiving a text message.</p>
  • Texting teens could cost parents everything

    05/31/2012 7:57:25 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 25 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/31/12 | Margery Eagan
    Yesterday in a Haverhill courtroom, jurors heard a taped police interview of Aaron Deveau admitting he was “tired,” “distracted” and speeding when his Blue Chevy Malibu hit the red Toyota Corolla driven by 55-year-old Donald Bowley Jr., who was killed, and Luz Selena Roman, 58, who was severely injured. But Deveau, 18, denied he was talking on the phone or texting, though he is accused of vehicular homicide in the state’s first texting-while-driving case. Attorneys here clearly expect many more of these cases — and more survivors of those injured to sue for damages from not just texting teens but...
  • Couple who both lost a leg in crash sue student for sending messages to boyfriend (shortened title)

    05/24/2012 7:47:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-24-2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full title - Can you be blamed for texting a driver? Couple who both lost a leg in crash sue student for sending messages to boyfriend, 18, before he hit them with his truck A couple who each lost a leg after a driver careened his truck into their motorbike is suing the man's girlfriend for texting him while he was behind the wheel. David and Linda Kubert, both 59, were in Mine Hill, New Jersey when they saw Kyle Best, then 18, looking down at a text message as he swerved towards them. After the September 2009 crash, police...
  • Dangerous Distracted Pedestrians!

    05/15/2012 6:37:30 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-14-12 | Wordsmith
    I guess smartphones are now going to have to come with smartusers: Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking. “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department. Ripoli said the borough, which is home to approximately 35,000 residents, has suffered three fatal pedestrian-involved accidents this year. He hopes his crackdown on people who display dangerous behavior while walking will make his town safer, but not everyone...
  • Fines For Texting While Walking In US Town

    05/12/2012 9:10:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Fines For Texting While Walking In US Town 1:13pm UK, Saturday May 12, 2012 People caught texting on their mobile phones while walking face being fined by police in a US town. The clampdown comes after a rise in the number of jaywalking incidents, where pedestrians cross roads illegally or recklessly, instead of using marked routes. Officers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, have said some people are constantly putting themselves at risk of being hit by vehicles because they do not pay attention. Police are stepping up patrols looking for "dangerous" walkers who are not obeying the rules of the...
  • Woman falls off pier while texting

    03/21/2012 5:49:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 1+ views
    wwlp ^ | 20 Mar 2012,
    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) - A 45-year-old woman was rescued from Lake Michigan after she fell in while texting on her phone and walking on a pier, police said. Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor told 24 Hour News 8 she was with her husband and 15-year-old son when she lost her balance on the South Pier in St. Joseph. She was fully clothed and had trouble treading water due to the heavy current. A passerby -- Rebecca Van Zant of Mishawaka, Ind. -- jumped into the water and was able to keep Miller afloat until rescue personnel arrived. A male...