A State-by-State Map of the Penalties for Texting While Driving

At this point, we've all heard tell of the many dangers of using smartphones while driving. And we've all probably also ignored those dangers at one point or another, which has led 47 states to establish bans on what's now become the leading cause of death for teenage drivers—texting. So how much will you be coughing… » 10/25/13 10:10am 10/25/13 10:10am

Watch People Freak Out and Fail Their Driving Test When Told They Had…

In Belgium, a non-profit organization called Responsible Young Drivers told people taking their driving test that they had to prove themselves "able to use a mobile phone while driving" as part of their driving test, which meant they had to avoid an obstacle while texting and driving at the same time. As you can… » 5/02/12 10:40am 5/02/12 10:40am

Don't Tweet While Driving in Newark, the Mayor Is Watching

Celebrities use Twitter. Politicians use Twitter. And sometimes those two worlds hilariously collide. Observe: Snooki tweets about being stuck in traffic in Newark; the mayor of Newark immediately threatens to fine her for texting while driving. LOL. [Twitter] » 9/09/10 11:53am 9/09/10 11:53am

SMS Replier Not Only Automatically Replies to Texts, It Knows When…

Aha! It looks like State Farm's app isn't the only app that helps keep you from texting while driving—there's SMS Replier too. And this app will know when you're driving. » 8/27/10 7:40pm 8/27/10 7:40pm

Imagine an Android App That Automatically Responds to Texts While…

There have been anti-texting-while-driving apps already, but State Farm's On the Move app actually tries to eliminate your urge to text back—by texting back for you. » 8/27/10 1:59pm 8/27/10 1:59pm

Why Isn't There A Better Way to Text While Driving?

It's deadly. It's irresponsible. And we've all done it. Before you commute home think about this: Why isn't there a better solution to texting while driving? » 8/18/10 5:00pm 8/18/10 5:00pm

Study Suggests There's a "Texting While Walking" Epidemic Too

Forget the grisly effects of texting while driving for a moment, if you can. Instead, focus on a new epidemic, one that's admittedly much sillier than the driving one, but no less dangerous. Ladies and gents, meet texting while walking: » 1/17/10 12:00pm 1/17/10 12:00pm

Only 3 Percent of Americans Think It Should Be Legal to Text and Drive

I didn't think 97 percent of Americans were in agreement about anything, but apparently they are about texting while driving: They think it should be illegal. A mere 3 percent don't care, or didn't answer cause they were busy texting. » 11/02/09 8:47am 11/02/09 8:47am

Obama Bans Government Employees From Driving While Texting

An executive order from President Obama bans all government employees—including soldiers and postal workers—from texting while driving if they're working, driving one of Uncle Sam's cars or using one of his cellphones. Meaning we're all next. [Ars] » 10/02/09 6:00pm 10/02/09 6:00pm

Texting While Driving Results in One Death, One Felony and Seven…

Utah's getting harsh on texting while driving, but it looks like Florida may be among the first states to issue some serious punishment: A 17 year old man is facing a second degree felony and seven first-degree misdemeanor charges. » 10/01/09 10:00pm 10/01/09 10:00pm

Utah Now Punishes Texting While Driving With Up to 15 Years in Prison

The Senate may be trying to pass a federal ban on texting while driving, but Utah recently passed a much stronger bill: It views the act is inherently reckless and punishes it as harshly as drunk driving. » 8/29/09 7:00pm 8/29/09 7:00pm

Texting While Driving PSA Delivers Bloody, Bone-Crunching Message

Holy shit. The initial accident is bad enough, but the creators of this texting PSA, not content with the usual scare tactics, add in some flying glass and a neck crunch to hammer things home. Then the second car appears. » 8/16/09 1:30pm 8/16/09 1:30pm

Senate Pushes Bill to Ban Texting While Driving

Though 14 states have already banned text messaging while driving, the Senate introduced a bill today that would essentially force the remaining states to pass a similar bill—despite there being no good way to enforce such a ban. » 7/29/09 10:30pm 7/29/09 10:30pm

Shepard Smith 'Guaran-Darn-Tees Ya' That His BlackBerry Is Safer Than a…

Shep Smith can get 140 characters down with his BlackBerry without taking his eyes off the road, but he can't eat a Big Mac without crashing. Surprising since it shouldn't take more than one bite with that mouth. » 7/29/09 12:30am 7/29/09 12:30am

Question of the Day: Do You Text While Driving?

Man, people really laid into me for texting while driving as a part of reviewing the N97. It's unsafe, no doubt, but the reality is, people do it. Do you? » 7/06/09 7:40pm 7/06/09 7:40pm

Texting While Driving Is Becoming Ridiculous

It's pretty redundant to make laws outlawing texting while driving because it already falls under laws covering distracted driving, but holy crap, something needs to be done about it. » 5/11/09 8:00pm 5/11/09 8:00pm

Schwarzenegger Terminates Texting While Driving in California

California is joining seven other states and Washington DC by imposing a full-on ban » 9/25/08 10:20am 9/25/08 10:20am of while driving. The bill signed by the Governator himself imposes a $20 fine for the first offense and $50 for repeat offenders starting next year. Kind of a slap on the wrist if you ask me—but that is more than 43 other states in…