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Texting while driving is on the rise despite a rush by states to ban the practice, according to two new surveys released Thursday, including a phone poll where nearly two out of 10 drivers acknowledge sending messages from behind the wheel, with the number much higher among younger drivers.
For all the criticism and new legal bans, texting by drivers just keeps increasing, especially among younger motorists.
Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year despite a rush by states to ban the practice, federal safety officials said Thursday. Two out of 10 drivers say they've sent messages from behind the wheel _ and that spikes much higher among young adults.
Montgomery County hopes to be among the first to convert its familiar yellow school buses into rolling speed traps. As each bus picks up and drops off schoolchildren during the day, it also would mail out $250 tickets to passing drivers - all in the name of safety, of course.
They're not ready to pull the plug on their electric-gas wonder car, but officials at General Motors have clearly shifted to damage-control mode for the sassy but safety-challenged Volt.
Starbucks Corp. has stopped tacking on a surcharge for bags of coffee beans weighing less than a pound nationwide after a Massachusetts consumer-protection agency fined the company over the practice.
General Motors will introduce the industry's first front center air bag, an inflatable restraint designed to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect _ more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.
The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF has earned a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The Nissan LEAF is the first fully electric vehicle to earn this highest distinction from the program. Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and requirements in order to earn 5-star ratings.