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AAA recently declared a goal to ban texting while driving. The automobile club is not alone. Yesterday, the Obama administration said it would seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and would encourage states to pass their own laws against driving cars while distracted. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the administration also plans to put restrictions on cell phone use by rail operators, truck drivers, and interstate bus drivers. "Driving while distracted should just feel wrong — just as driving without a seat belt or driving while intoxicated," LaHood said at the end of a two-day conference on the problem. "We're not going to break everyone of their... Read more...
We've heard facts that claim cell phones are perfectly safe and other pieces of information that say cell phones are dangerous. Now, a new website from ProCon.org is available to help you decide for yourself. Even though the radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in cell phones are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and generally considered to be safe when used properly, there is still plenty of research that shows cell phone use could cause cancer, disrupt pacemakers, decrease fertility, damage DNA, and increase the risk of traffic accidents. The FCC and other government agencies claim the majority of scientific studies show there are no adverse health effects from cell... Read more...
AAA has declared war on drexting. Declaring that texting while driving is a "dangerous distraction," the automobile club has announced a campaign to get it banned in all 50 states.Already, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted such bans, New Jersey and California among them.AAA supported the push for a nationwide ban with research from the Auto Club of Southern California that showed the state's ban, enacted in January, appears to be reducing the number of people texting while driving. According to the research, in Orange County, researchers saw 1.4 percent of drivers doing the deed before the law. Since then, just 0.4 percent of drivers were observed texting. So either most people have... Read more...
In another "Really? Someone paid to do a study on this?" news, the Michigan State Medical Society announced today that text messaging while driving is dangerous. The news here, however, is exactly how dangerous it is. Apparently, if you text while you drive, you are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident. It is, apparently, the biggest distraction while driving, according to some studies. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts all cell phone use, including texting, at the top of the list. According to the NHTSA, distracted drivers are responsible for nearly 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes in the United States. Other distractions:... Read more...
You've done it. Don't even try to deny it.Even if you live in a state with laws requiring the use of a hands-free headset while speaking on the cell phone, it's almost a certainty you've at least once broken that law.Even if you truly, honestly believe it's dangerous to do so, you just can't help yourself when your snappy, downloaded ring tone jingle jangles and you snatch it up to answer the phone.The Harris Poll has the evidence, so don't try to deny it: 72 percent of those surveyed confessed to using their phones while driving, and 66 percent of those folks confessed to using hand-held rather than hands-free.Harris surveyed 2,681 adults (those 18 and older) in the United States between May... Read more...
Technology created to prevent phone use while driving has been hanging around for years, but apparently, there are still quite a few issues to be worked out before it's completely viable. A couple of products in particular -- which are generally designed to disable a driver's cellphone in order to prevent calling and texting while switching lanes -- have been both lauded and criticized of late. Dallas-based WQN and Canada's Aegie Mobility have each concocted a solution that relies on GPS data in order to effectively disable moving cellphones. In essence, the GPS information feeds speed readings into a software application, and if the handset (and thus, the owner) is traveling at "driving speeds,"... Read more...
There are six states - California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington (as well as the District of Columbia) which ban the use of cell phones unless using a headset or hands-free setup while driving. But the National Safety Council wants to take things further: they are recommending a complete ban on cell phone use behind the wheel. The NSC was founded in 1913 and formally recognized as a safety leader by an Act of Congress in 1953 that granted a Congressional Charter to it. According to their site, they are "the only major national entity dedicated to safety of people in all aspects of their lives: at work, on the roads and in homes and communities." The group's president... Read more...
Over one-third of all drivers in the U.S. admit to having fallen asleep while driving. About 60 percent of U.S. drivers admit to driving while feeling drowsy. And what is the cost for this behavior? About 100,000 car crashes per year by fatigued drives, with about 71,000 of them resulting in injuries, 1,550 in deaths, and $12.5 billion dollars in losses. In response to this problem, Mercedes will be implementing its news Mercedes Attention Assist system in its E-class sedan production starting in 2009. The Mercedes Attention Assist system will monitor a driver's behavior through a steering sensor as well as monitoring "braking, acceleration, the time and road conditions to judge a driver's behavior"--unlike... Read more...
Earlier this DriveAssist unveiled its cell phone stopping tech, software designed to detect when a cell phone is moving at car speeds, at which point the phone would essentially be disabled. A new, competing technology called Key2SafeDriving aims to do the same thing, but in this case relying on hardware as well as software.Key2SafeDriving has connects the car key to a cell phone via Bluetooth or RFID. When the key is used to drive the car, a signal is sent to the phone putting it into "driving mode." This is how it works: A car key is configured to wirelessly connect with a cell phone through Bluetooth or RFID. To turn on the engine, the driver has to either slide the key out or push a button... Read more...
Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car.  Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving.  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found over 90% of those surveyed do believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned. The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89 percent of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.Even so, 66 percent of the adults surveyed who drive... Read more...
Maybe you saw it coming, maybe you didn't, but the music world has seen a drastic change since the birth of Apple's iPod. Five years old on monday, Apple has forever changed the way we listen to music, the way we buy music, and the way music is advertised. Apple has seen enormous growth in its company because of the iPod, and rivals have yet to release a contender that can effectively steal iPod's thunder. Of course, Microsoft is not one to stand by and watch, as they are expected to release their "Zune" music player next month. Here's hoping we see more creativity and competition in the next five years. "So far,... Read more...
Good morning everyone. We've got a large line up of news treats for you today, so let's get right down to it... Seasonic PowerAngel Power Monitor @ Systemcooling: "Did you ever wonder how much power that computer sitting next to your desk is really using? Or for that matter, how about any other electrical device in your house? What's running efficiently, and what's making the little meter spin? The device we're looking at today, from Sea Sonic Electronics Co., is the Seasonic PowerAngel power monitor. Designed to identify power-wasting appliances, help forecast electrical expenses, and assist in troubleshooting problems, the PowerAngel also makes a great companion for the computer enthusiast."... Read more...
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