texting http://michiganradio.org en New study found that adults text more than teenagers while driving http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-found-adults-text-more-teenagers-while-driving <p></p><p>When you think about someone texting and driving, who comes to mind? A teenager? If you said yes, you're wrong.</p><p>A survey conducted by AT&amp;T as a part of the "It Can Wait" campaign found that 98% of adults that they surveyed admitted that they texted while driving. &nbsp;In contrast,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">48% of teenagers said they texted while driving.</span></p><p>The AT&amp;T study also found that 60% of adults surveyed said that they didn't text while they were behind the wheel three years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>What's going on with drivers in America? Is it smartphones? Or are we becoming more reckless drivers?</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:37:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 12049 at http://michiganradio.org New study found that adults text more than teenagers while driving Stateside: When the phones endanger the roads http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-when-phones-endanger-roads <p>You may want to rethink those seemingly innocent glances at your phone while driving.</p><p>Distracted driving continues to be a problem for many of those on the road today.</p><p>NPR's Sonari Glinton discussed the relationship many drivers have with their phones and how one’s urge to stay connected should not consume one’s commute.</p><p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:11:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9913 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: When the phones endanger the roads Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban http://michiganradio.org/post/group-says-driving-while-texting-laws-dont-help-calls-complete-ban <p>All states should ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones, according to a new recommendation by the Governors Highway Safety Association.</p><p>Only 10 states ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.</p><p>Michigan is not one of them.</p><p>But it does have laws against sending a text while driving.</p><p>Jonathan Adkins, with the Governors Highway Safety Association, says the texting laws aren't doing as much good as they should.<br><br>"States are having some difficulty enforcing texting bans, if you have a texting only ban, it's very easy for a driver to say, oh, I was dialing my phone, I'm allowed to do that, I'm allowed to be on my phone, I'm just not allowed to text on it," says Adkins.<br><br>Adkins says banning the use of handheld cell phones altogether would solve that problem.&nbsp; The safety group is also calling for tougher laws against driving while on drugs. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:38:49 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9010 at http://michiganradio.org Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban Campaign targets distracted drivers http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-targets-distracted-drivers <p>Organizers of a new campaign want to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving. The project is called <a href="http://www.tiami.us/rememberingally.html">&quot;Remembering Ally: Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign.&quot;</a> It was named in honor of Ally Zimmerman. She was sixteen when she was killed by a distracted driver.</p><p>Jim Santilli is executive director of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan. He says one simple mistake made by a distracted driver can change the lives of many people.</p><p>On Tuesday TIA will hold a conference at Zimmerman&rsquo;s former high school in Romeo. The speakers will include members of her family as well as government and safety officials. A new, graphic video that details what happens in a car crash will also be shown.</p><p>The campaign is geared toward teens and young adults, but Santilli says older adults are also guilty of distracted driving. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:26:12 +0000 Kyle Norris 6492 at http://michiganradio.org Campaign targets distracted drivers Advice for new moms, via text http://michiganradio.org/post/advice-new-moms-text <p>Pregnant women and new mothers in Michigan can now get free text message tips on raising healthy babies. The state Department of Community Health has partnered with a national program called &quot;Text-4-Baby,&quot; which sends tips on infant health to people&rsquo;s cell phones.</p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the department. She said the texts provide a lot of information.</p><p>&ldquo;Critical information for birth defects, for immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu information, mental health, oral health, safe sleep tips, different things that women may need to know, both during their pregnancy and once the baby is born to make sure that both themselves and the child will be healthy,&rdquo; said Minicuci.</p><p>Minicuci also said that giving advice via text makes sense.</p><p>&ldquo;Research has shown that 85 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and 72 percent of users offer text messaging,&rdquo; said Minicuci &ldquo;So that&rsquo;s a very good number, a very large portion of the population, and text4baby is going to help, I think, address that population that we need to reach.&rdquo;</p><p>Minicuci said the goal of the text-message system is to help reduce infant mortality rates. Michigan&rsquo;s infant mortality rate is 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. That&rsquo;s above the national average.&nbsp; Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:45:32 +0000 Laura Weber 5468 at http://michiganradio.org Communities ban texting, and e-mails during council meetings http://michiganradio.org/post/communities-ban-texting-and-e-mails-during-council-meetings <p>With the number of digital devices like smart phones and tablets exploding, communicating with one another electronically is becoming a common part of our society.</p><p>And as many high school teachers know, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQS1_DqZYOI&amp;feature=related">thumbing on a keyboard</a> can even go undetected if you&#39;re good.</p><p>Now, some communities are banning the practice of texting and e-mailing during public meetings.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110706/METRO/107060351/1409/Councils-ban-text--email-by-lawmakers-at-meetings">Detroit News</a> has a piece on the restrictions some local governments have put in place. The piece looks at the restrictions in Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and Sterling Heights.</p><p>From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>Supporters say the issue is about transparency and integrity, not to mention common courtesy. They argue email or even text conversations could violate the Michigan Open Meetings Act, which requires decisions and most deliberations to be public.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s about maintaining the integrity of this council and futurecouncils,&quot; said Maria Schmidt, a city councilwoman in Sterling Heights, which amended its council governing rules earlier this year to ban electronic communication during meetings.</p><p>But critics of the bans say technology helps these officials do their jobsmore effectively and efficiently. They call the bans &quot;short-sighted.&quot; Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:43:54 +0000 Mark Brush 3172 at http://michiganradio.org Communities ban texting, and e-mails during council meetings Lapeer County man first in the state to be charged with 'Texting While Driving" in fatal crash http://michiganradio.org/post/lapeer-county-man-first-state-be-charged-texting-while-driving-fatal-crash <p><a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/293888">Michigan&rsquo;s new &lsquo;Texting While Driving&rsquo; law</a> will get its first test in a fatal auto accident in Lapeer County.&nbsp; The driver who allegedly caused the accident that killed a 78 year old woman was allegedly texting behind the wheel.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:39:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 1590 at http://michiganradio.org Lapeer County man first in the state to be charged with 'Texting While Driving" in fatal crash Troy police enforce "distracted driving" law, issue tickets http://michiganradio.org/post/troy-police-enforce-distracted-driving-law-issue-tickets <p>The city of <a href="http://www.cityoftroypolice.com/">Troy, Michigan</a> has taken the state’s “no texting while driving” law a bit further, making it illegal to talk on the phone while driving, among other things.</p><p>The city's <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1676053">distracted driving ordinance</a> went into effect last July, but the city didn’t officially start to enforce it until the first week of January, 2011. According to the <a href="http://www.troymi.gov/DistractedDrivingOrdinance.pdf">city's website</a>, the following actions can cause "distracted driving":</p><blockquote><p>"Such action can include but is not limited to: eating, reading, writing, performing personal hygiene/grooming, physical interaction with pets, passengers, or unsecured cargo, any of which is<br> done in a manner tat prohibits the driver from maintaining direct physical control of the motor vehicle steering mechanism with at least one hand that is free of all other objects and used entirely to form a controlled grip on the steering mechanism."</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 21:38:53 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 744 at http://michiganradio.org Troy police enforce "distracted driving" law, issue tickets This year, donate to Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign via text message http://michiganradio.org/post/year-donate-salvation-armys-red-kettle-campaign-text-message <p>The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign is underway.</p><p>“The red kettle in a sense is really a piece of Americana.” Major Robert Thompson is the divisional commander for Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. Bell ringers have been braving the frigid temperatures in front of stores for nearly a century. But over the past few years a problem has been emerging. “The red kettles are certainly low-tech and as society changes, fewer and fewer people are using cash,” Thompson said, “They don’t have that dollar or change in their pocket.”</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:32:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 384 at http://michiganradio.org This year, donate to Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign via text message