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Minnesota Steps Up Texting While Driving And Other Distractions

Yesterday, many of our local law enforcement, dignitaries and athletes held a press conference at UMD's Romano Gym to bring awareness to the statewide Distracted Driving enforcement effort.  The  increased enforcement will take effect today. Here's some tips on what is considered legal in the state of MN and how to avoid distractions while driving.

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MN Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Texting & Driving April 19th

The MN State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are conducting a statewide extra enfocement campaign on April 19th to stop distracted driving.  Distracted driving includes the biggest problem now:  Texting and driving.

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Worst Case of Autocorrect Causes School-Wide Lockdown

It’s happened to everyone — you text your husband or wife, “I love you with every fiber of my being,” but your phone actually sends, “I love you with every fiber of malaysia.” Most of the time it’s funny, but one person experienced the worst case of autocorrect ever. So bad, in fact, that it prompted a school-wide lockdown.

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This Is Why You Shouldn’t Walk and Text

Texting and walking is a pretty bad idea, particularly when you’re walking down steps. Which is something the young lady in the background of this live CBC report is bound to remember the next time she tries to look at her phone while navigating a short flight of concrete stairs.

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Is Text Messaging the Newest Cure for Addiction?

It turns out suffers from alcohol dependency might be able to kick the habit by doing what comes natural… texting. Yup, a new study has found actual evidence that there may be a health benefit to text messaging.

Research with young problem drinkers found those who sent and received weekly text messages tracking their alcohol consumption drank less at the end of the 12-week program than they did at the beginning.

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States Should Ban All Cellphone Use, Texting, Emailing By Drivers, US Safety Investigators Say

I know there are those who say it's government trying to intervene again, but I think this would be a good thing even though it would make me change my personal cell phone usage.  While I never read or send texts while driving, I do use my cell phone when I drive sometimes but I always use my Bluetooth so I can keep both hands on the wheel.  I don't feel distracted, but there are those that would beg to differ.  I also realize that there have been far too many accidents and deaths cell phone related so something has to be done.  No call or text is worth dying or killing someone for.

 
Texting, emailing or chatting on a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed, federal safety investigators declared Tuesday, urging all states to impose total bans except for emergencies.

Inspired by recent deadly crashes

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Average Texter Sends or Receives 41.5 Messages a Day — Survey of the Day

According to a survey of 2,227 adults by the Pew Research Center, the average text message user sends or receives an average of 41.5 messages a day.

How much someone texts is not surprisingly tied to how old they are. Those in the 18-to-29 age group send or receive an average of 87.7 texts a day, whereas that total is only 4.7 for those in the 65-and-over group.

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Teen Develops A Text Deterring Cell App To Save Lives

An Alabama teen turned a mistake into a good thing!  He was caught texting while driving and his lesson learned, will help save lives.  He created a new phone app called "Text Pilot", and it costs a mere 99 cents to download.

Parents, if you are interested in making sure your teen is where they say they are....this is worth it AND it also has an emergency app that dials 911 and lets others know if you are in trouble.

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Texting Is Killing Teen Drivers At Sobering Rates, State Holds Event Just Before Summer Break In Hopes To Save Lives

While just glancing at a text message, you can travel the length of a football field while driving and do it with your eyes completely off the road.  It is amazing the danger it presents but texting while driving is still a big problem and a killer, especially of our nations youth.

The statistics are startling.

Teenagers are three times more likely than their parents to die in traffic accidents. In Minnesota, 118 teens died in traffic accidents between 2006 and 2008.

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Teen Crashes Into Two Cars While Allegedly Texting and Driving [VIDEOS]

Last week, blogger Sean Symons captured horrifying footage of a teen driver who crashed into the side of the road, then hit two oncoming cars, all while he was allegedly texting and driving.

According to his YouTube page, Symons called the police when he spotted the texting teen, then pulled out his camera to catch the teen in the act. The original video was reportedly handed over to the police as evidence, Symons said.

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Don’t Text And Drive, Please!

This is something that I saw on Facebook from a friend.  It makes me sick when I see someone texting while driving.  Please watch this video and share it with others to spread the message.

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