29 Alerts From the TEXTING Tag


Walking While Distracted–Nobody Wins: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #481

Have we become a nation of cellphone zombies? Many experts believe that the increase in distracted driving, in particular using a cellphone to text while driving, has been a big factor in the increase of traffic fatalities since 2009. Another factor apparently is distracted walking. Pedestrian deaths account for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. […]

Senior Drivers in Transition: NMA E-Newsletter #474

Driving is not just about mobility—fundamentally it is about independence. None of us want to lose that freedom. Age is not the only factor in the decision to drive or not to drive anymore. Studies show that giving up this lifeline increases with age a person’s likelihood of suffering from depression and eventually ending up […]

Is Distracted Driving the new Drunk Driving? Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #434

Part 1 dealt with how distracted driving enforcement campaigns, fueled by federal highway money, are also dragnets for other offenses. Part 2 examines new law enforcement tools to check on texting while driving. Currently, law enforcement has great difficulty in determining if a driver was using electronic devices before a crash (and more importantly whether […]

Is Distracted Driving the new Drunk Driving? Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #433

Distracted driving of any kind can be instantly dangerous. Each April the federal and state governments conduct a public awareness campaign on the dangers of distracted driving that bombards motorists with media messages which leads to increased command-and-control enforcement. There can be many different distractions for drivers but among the most controversial is the use […]

Feds seek a driver mode for your phone: NMA E-Newsletter #412

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked smartphone manufacturers and automakers to work together to develop a “driver mode” for mobile devices for use in the car. The 96-page document of voluntary guidelines calls for cars to be more easily paired with mobile devices so that drivers can access them through […]