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  • American Beverage Institute Issues Statement on NTSB Most Wanted List

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to advocate for highway safety measures which ignore the root of the nation's drunk driving problem.

    November 14, 2016

  • Managing Driving’s Many Distractions

    As lawmakers move to tighten rules on distracted driving, cars are coming equipped with more bells and whistles that make it easier than ever to take drivers’ eyes off the road.

    The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2016

  • American Beverage Institute Issues Statement on Distracted Driving Fatalities

    A new report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed a double digit increase in traffic fatalities over the first half of 2016, suggesting the 2015 trend of increased fatal accidents from distracted driving has continued to grow.

    October 6, 2016

  • Longwell: Distracted driving is a threat

    New cars today are loaded with a host of distracting features. You can now update your Facebook status, hear your Twitter feed, get directions from your GPS, and select your favorite internet radio playlist all without touching your phone.

    Detroit News, April 28, 2015

  • Carmakers Distract from Drunk Driving Problem

    Written by SARAH LONGWELL

    As public safety campaigns, increased enforcement, and harsher penalties for DUIs have led to dramatic decreases in drunk driving rates, distracted driving crashes are on the rise.

    Sun-Sentinel, April 16, 2015

  • AAA: 58 percent of teens involved in traffic crashes are distracted

    A half-dozen types of distractions caused crashes, including interacting with other passengers, cellphone use, looking at something inside the car, looking at something outside other than the road ahead, singing or moving to music, grooming and reaching for something.

    The Washington Post, March 25, 2015

  • During this month, be mindful of distracted driving

    Written by SARAH LONGWELL

    The number of drunken driving fatalities per capita decreased 28 percent between 2005 and 2012. During that same time period, the percentage of people observed “visibly manipulating” their phones while behind the wheel increased by a whopping 650 percent.

    The Oklahoman, December 27, 2014

  • Let's avoid the driver's distractions

    Written by SARAH LONGWELL

    During the busy holiday season, it's easy to get overloaded and feel the need to multitask behind the wheel. With today's latest gadgets, it's possible to do everything from texting your daughter to shopping for presents to looking up recipes, all while navigating holiday-congested roads.

    Des Moines Register, December 26, 2011

  • Distracted Driving is the New Drunk Driving

    A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that merely listening to somebody speak on the phone led to a 37% decrease in activity in the parietal lobe, where spatial tasks are processed, suggesting that hands-free use of mobile phones don't help. Such distractions make drivers more collision-prone than having a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.

    The Economist, April 14, 2011

  • Is the Focus on Distracted Driving Going Down the Wrong Road?

    NHTSA criticizes the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after it argued that there is no evidence that distracted driving is leading to more crashes.

    USA Today, January 17, 2011

  • Driving Drowsy as Bad as Driving Drunk

    NHTSA estimates that one in six crashes is caused by a drowsy driver and a new AAA survey showed that one in ten drivers reported falling asleep at the wheel in the last year.

    US News and World Report, November 8, 2010

  • Tighter Cellphone Laws Might Face Static

    The Governors Highway Safety Association says they are likely to support a complete ban on cell phones once an effective strategy for enforcement is developed.

    The Washington Post, August 13, 2009

  • Speed: What's the limit?

    Consumer Reports says speeding causes more than 1000 deaths per month; 33 states have speed limit 70 mph+, 3/4 of drivers admit to speeding previous month

    Consumer Reports, July 22, 2009

  • U.S. Witheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving

    In July, it was revealed that NHTSA withheld hundreds of pages of research on the dangers of using a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) while driving. Part of the research reveals that driving while talking on a cell phone is just as dangerous as driving drunk. But, the safety administration buried the research to avoid angering members of Congress who didn?t want the cell phone issue in the limelight.

    Read the 266 pages of hidden research.

    New York Times, July 21, 2009

  • Driven to Distraction: Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks

    Multitasking drivers 4 times as likely to crash; Researcher blames electronic devices for stagnant fatality numbers.

    New York Times Cover Story, July 19, 2009

  • Wake-up call: Drowsy Drivers are Serious Threat

    NHTSA estimates drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually.

    USA Today, April 1, 2009

  • A Problem of the Brain, Not the Hands: Group Urges Phone Ban for Drivers

    National Safety Council calls for cellphone driving ban, equates phones with DWI

    New York Times, January 12, 2009

  • The Mind-BlackBerry Problem: Hey, you! Cell-phone zombie! Get off the road!

    In a Nationwide Mutual Insurance survey, 45 percent of Americans said they've been hit or nearly hit by a driver on a cell phone.

    Slate, October 23, 2008