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  • Indiana Toll Road asks drivers to 'Put the Phone Down'

    04/11/2017 11:02:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WNDU 16 ^ | February 27, 2017 | Travis Robinson
    When you're driving, there's a good chance you've seen someone on the phone, and maybe you've even been that person. Fifty-seven percent of American drivers admit to being on their phone while driving. Indiana Toll Road construction for the 80/90 Push project is just about halfway done. They expect to be finished July fourth, but in order to do that, they need workers to stay safe. So they're trying to cut down on those numbers. It really is difficult to put a dent in those numbers because we're all on-the-go. On top of that, you probably haven't met anyone who...
  • Pot found in truck that hit church bus near Leakey, DPS says

    04/11/2017 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    MySA ^ | 04/11/2017 | By Zeke MacCormack
    UVALDE Court records released Tuesday bolstered reports that Jack D. Young was texting before crashing his pickup into a small church bus March 29 on U.S. 83, killing 13 people, and also reveal that he had earlier consumed prescription pills and was in possession of marijuana. The northbound 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Young, 20, of Leakey, crossed the highways center line on a curve and hit the bus carrying 14 congregants of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels home from a retreat. Only one bus passenger survived. A neighbor later reported that Young had driven that morning...
  • Witness: driver who hit church bus said he was texting

    03/31/2017 10:55:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 117 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 03/31/2017 | By Zeke MacCormack
    Jack D. Young, the pickup driver accused of causing Wednesday’s highway crash in Uvalde County that killed 13 congregants of a New Braunfels church, said he had been texting behind the wheel, a witness said today. “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting on my phone,’” said Jody Kuchler, a welder from Leakey, saying he spoke to Young, 20, while he was still pinned in his wrecked truck after the collision.   “I told him. ‘Son do you know what you just did?’ He just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry,’” recalled Kuchler, 55. He said Friday that...
  • Class action lawsuit demands Apple install texting and driving safeguards

    01/18/2017 2:02:20 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:34 pm
    Suit seeks to halt all iPhone sales in California MLG Automotive Law has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc., seeking to enjoin the company from selling further iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. The lawsuit, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc. (Case No. BC647057), was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Apple puts profit before consumer safety. According to the filing, the company has had the technology to prevent texting and driving since 2008 and even received a patent on it in 2014 but refuses to use it over...
  • U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continued to Surge in First Half of 2016

    08/24/2016 8:06:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 23, 2016 | Beckie Strum
    U.S. Traffic Fatalities Continued to Surge in First Half of 2016 Deaths rose 9%, extending a trend that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel increased Traffic fatalities were up 9% in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year. By Beckie Strum Traffic fatalities rose 9% in the first six months of 2016, compared with a year earlier, as a stronger economy and falling gas prices encouraged Americans to spend more time behind the wheel, the National Safety Council said on Tuesday. Traffic fatalities have been trending upward since 2014,...
  • Pennsylvania woman steers car with her feet while texting

    08/12/2016 5:29:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    CENTER CITY, Pa., A couple traveling on a stretch of Pennsylvania freeway captured video of a woman steering her car with her feet while using both hands to text. Sarah and Shawn Delong captured video of the woman using her feet to steady the steering wheel while traveling on the Schuylkill Expressway in Center City. "Someone is going to get killed, that's why I was so mad. You see people on their phones all the time, but that took the cake," Sarah Delong told WPVI-TV. "For a good 20 minutes we were in her vicinity whether it was beside her...
  • 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. Weve 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 supportatapple.com 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 dont know yall 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
    Yahoo.com ^ | 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 | gherbert@syracuse.com
    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. Jenners 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.