texting while driving http://www.kplu.org en UW Study Finds Half Distracted Drivers Are Texting http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-study-finds-half-distracted-drivers-are-texting <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Researchers say more than 8 percent of drivers in Washington state are distracted by electronic devices, including many who are actively texting on the roadway.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A study released Monday by the University of Washington found that nearly half of distracted drivers were observed texting. Researchers compiled their numbers after observing 7,800 motorists at intersections in six counties.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:20:44 +0000 Mike Baker 9925 at http://www.kplu.org UW Study Finds Half Distracted Drivers Are Texting WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers http://www.kplu.org/post/wsp-police-lookout-cell-phone-using-drivers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are a distracted driver, then it’s time to put the phone down.</span></p><p>Over the next few weeks, Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be putting more resources into ticketing drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between now and Aug. 23, officers in unmarked cars will be solely focused on scanning the roads to see if drivers are talking on cell phones or texting.</span></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:41:47 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9548 at http://www.kplu.org WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers WA gets top marks for seatbelt use, lagging on cell phone safety http://www.kplu.org/post/wa-gets-top-marks-seatbelt-use-lagging-cell-phone-safety <p>Washington State has <a href="http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/resources/news/">the highest rate</a> of seat belt use in the nation. That’s according to a report recently released by the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/" target="_blank">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a>.</p><p>Bob Calkins with the Washington State Patrol keeps an eye on the statistics.</p><blockquote><p>“The national average is 84 percent. We are first among competing states at 97 and a half percent,” he says.</p></blockquote><p>Following Washington are California, Oregon and Hawaii.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:20:03 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6711 at http://www.kplu.org No more texting, but what about mapping while driving? http://www.kplu.org/post/no-more-texting-what-about-mapping-while-driving Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen.<p>If you can’t text , then all three states say it’s pretty clear that means you can’t send email in traffic either, , or, for that matter, surf the web. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:39:45 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4686 at http://www.kplu.org No more texting, but what about mapping while driving? Using tragedy to teach dangers of texting while driving http://www.kplu.org/post/using-tragedy-teach-dangers-texting-while-driving <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969292.mp3</p><p>How do you convince someone not to text or talk on the cell phone while&nbsp; driving?&nbsp; How about an in-your- face reminder of what can happen if you do?&nbsp; That&#39;s the tactic Seattle Police have been using this week.&nbsp;</p><p>They&#39;ve been parking a black Honda, with the driver&#39;s side smashed in, outside area high schools.&nbsp;<a href="http://heathersstory.org/"> A Tumwater teenager, Heather Lerch, died in the car in February of 2010 </a>while texting and driving. Wed, 18 May 2011 04:45:21 +0000 Paula Wissel 1619 at http://www.kplu.org Using tragedy to teach dangers of texting while driving