Tag Archives: Distracted Driving

Texting While Driving Likely to Become Illegal Statewide

On March 15, the Texas House passed a measure that would ban texting while driving statewide. The bill was approved 113-32 and will face a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate. The Senate has already passed a similar bill. Should the bill become law, Texas will join the 46 other states that have bans on texting…
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Should Apple Be Held Responsible for Wrongful Death Caused by FaceTime While Driving?

In 2014, a five-year-old girl was killed in a car accident near Dallas on Christmas Eve. Police investigating the accident found that the driver who caused the crash had been using FaceTime, an app that allows users to livestream video to the Internet. Now, the family of the decedent is suing Apple, the company that created FaceTime. The crash happened…
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The Austin Police Department is Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

The Austin Police Department (APD) is finding creative ways to crack down on distracted driving. Members of APD’s Highway Enforcement are boarding city buses to act as spotters for a group of police officers on motorcycles stationed along Interstate 35. In the past, drivers would hold their phones up in front of them as they drive. However, since the hands-free…
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How Big of a Problem is Distracted Driving in Austin?

An engineer with the Austin Transportation Department claims distracted driving is contributing to the traffic problem and is launching a campaign to spread awareness about it. Essentially, a distracted driver will sit at a green light while on his or her phone. After finally becoming aware the cars in front have moved through the green light, the signal turns yellow….
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Family of Injured Cyclist Hopes Lawsuit Will Send a Message

Two and a half years ago, an Austin driver was texting and driving on Barton Creek Boulevard when he hit a cyclist. Currently, that cyclist remains in the hospital: his spinal cord was broken in four places. The cyclist’s wife reports he will continue to be in pain for the foreseeable future. There were no criminal charges filed against the…
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