Distracted Driving

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Other Passengers, Not Phones, The Biggest Distraction In Crashes For Teen Drivers

A new study has found distracted driving is to blame for nearly 60 percent of traffic accidents involving teenagers.


Texting While Driving

AAA: Many Motorists Have “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” Attitude Toward Risky Driving

A new survey has found a significant percentage of drivers taking chances on the road, even though they believe those kinds of behaviors are dangerous.


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State Police Expect Busy Thanksgiving Weekend On The Roads

With more people expected to be driving this Thanksgiving weekend than last year, Illinois State Police will be watching even more closely for drunken and distracted drivers.


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New Studies Point Out Dangers Of ‘Talking’ To Car

Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.


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State Troopers Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers On The Kennedy

Illinois State Police surprised a lot of people on the Kennedy Expressway on Friday morning, as they conducted a distracted driving detail to catch people texting or talking on cell phones while they were behind the wheel.


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Evanston Cops Issue 120 Tickets In Crackdown On Distracted Driving

Evanston chose to do a concerted cell phone ban mission because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.



Driver Questioned After Boy, 4, Killed In Dan Ryan Crash

Franklin Leon Jackson, Jr., 4, was ejected from the SUV’s rear passenger window.


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Special Detail To Watch For Distracted Drivers On The Kennedy Monday

Drivers who text behind the wheel on the Kennedy Expressway could find themselves in hot water Monday.


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Couple Spotted Apparently Having Sex While Driving On Ike

A video posted on the Internet appears to show the ultimate form of distracted driving.


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More Cops Than Ever Looking For Drunk, Distracted Drivers

Police from the state, the city and the suburbs say that starting Thursday more officers than ever before will be involved in a stepped-up effort to deal with drunk and distracted drivers heading into the Labor Day weekend.


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CTA Bus Driver Caught On Camera Driving While Distracted By Eating

A CTA bus driver whose hands should have been on the wheel instead had a cup in one hand and a spoon in the other.


2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink

Study: Using Hands-Free Devices Still Dangerous For Drivers

The new study – the most comprehensive of its kind – has found using hands-free and voice-activated devices while driving actually is more dangerous than talking on a hand-held cell phone.

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Mom Melissa Herscher tries not to get distracted while driving her children. (CBS)

Forget Cell Phones — Kids In The Car Are Even More Distracting

We all know that cell phones and driving don’t mix, and there are laws against that. But many of us drive around with something that one recent study suggests is 12 times more distracting. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.


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Texting Driver Causes Rollover Crash In New Lenox: Police

Kyle Greenfield of Manhattan was driving while distracted and struck a vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign at Cedar and Delaney roads in New Lenox Township.


Jeannie Walton rode a Megabus earlier this summer and says he driver, a trainee, was distracted by her iPod. (CBS)

Rider Warned Megabus About Distracted Driving Earlier This Summer

Rev. Jeannie Walton told CBS 2’s Pam Zekman about a harrowing bus ride she took with a Megabus trainee who was driving while distracted.


Teen Driving

Oak Park Considering Ban On Eating While Driving

You might sometimes feel compelled to eat in the car when you’re on the run, but in Oak Park, such activity could soon be illegal.

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Distracted Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident Gets Holiday Break From Jail

A driver convicted of killing a woman motorcyclist while painting her nails behind the wheel gets to spend the holidays with her family. Now the victim’s son asks: Where’s the justice?


Teen Driving

Applications Open For ‘Operation Teen Safe Driving’ Contest

The Illinois Department of Transportation is once again taking applications for its Operation Teen Safe Driving program.

WBBM Newsradio–08/15/2011

An Illinois state police trooper escaped death when a distracted driver collided with a pulled-over vehicle. (Illinois State Police)

State Police To Crack Down On Distracted Driving

Illinois State Police Trooper Starlena Wilson narrowly survived a collision last year caused by a distracted driver. Now her agency is cracking down on errant motorists in her honor.


Texting While Driving

Tech Minute: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

SAN FRANCISCO (CNET) ― We all know it’s not safe to talk on your phone or text while driving. Most of us want to do the right thing but our discipline can be weak when there are calls and messages coming in.