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August 3, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
At a time when automakers are stuffing new cars with interactive technology that integrates more deeply with smart phones, iPods and other devices, more teen drivers are playing with these gadgets while driving. Most teens engage in distracted driving even though almost all are aware that it's dangerous, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 male and female drivers 16 to 19 conducted in May by the American Automobile Assn. and Seventeen magazine. Almost nine in 10 teenage drivers (86%)
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OPINION
August 21, 2009
The science is clear on cellphones: Except for allowing people to call for help in an emergency, they make poor driving companions. A solid and growing body of studies shows that texting, conversing on hand-held phones or even chatting hands-free -- the one cellphone activity allowed under California law -- make us dangerous drivers, as likely to get into an accident as if we were legally drunk. Yet just as people used to say that a few beers didn't affect their motoring skills, drivers these days believe they're perfectly alert behind the wheel while on a cellphone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe
Frustrated at the White House and Congress, immigrant advocates are rolling out a series of pressure tactics to push forward legalization for illegal immigrants and other reforms. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march Sunday in Washington, D.C., urging officials to act on legislative reforms or face the consequences -- including a possible Latino voter backlash in November. Activists plan to launch texting and "tacos for justice" campaigns Friday to raise money for the reform campaign.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn, This story has been updated. See note below for details.
Call it the sinkhole tumble heard around the Web. A teenage girl in north China was walking down the sidewalk while talking on her cellphone when she fell -- suddenly and without warning -- into a sinkhole 20 feet deep. The fall was captured by security cameras stationed near the sinkhole, and video of the girl falling through the sidewalk has been making its way around the Internet. Academic studies have shown that pedestrians are less aware of their environment and more prone to engaging in unsafe behaviors when they are talking on a cellphone.
AUTOS
February 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments. Under current California law, drivers younger than 18 are already prohibited from talking on their mobile phones, even if they use a hands-free device or mobile service device. Another state law already prohibits texting while driving. But California state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Curtis Reeves, who faces second-degree murder charges in the killing of a moviegoer who refused to stop texting, had a similar dispute with another moviegoer at the same theater two weeks earlier, a Florida couple said Wednesday. Jamira and Michael Dixon of Wesley Chapel, Fla., told CNN affiliate WTSP  that they were watching the latest installment of "The Hobbit" at the Cobb Grove 16 movie theater in their neighborhood on Dec. 28 when Reeves, 71, snapped at Jamira for texting.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
If you are texting with a driver and the distracted driver gets into an accident, should you also face legal consequences? Yes, says a New Jersey appeals court. In this day and age, the court reasons, your digital presence can be just as real as your physical presence. So if you know that the person you're texting is operating a vehicle, and you have good reason to believe that he'll view or respond to your message while driving, you too should be held responsible if he gets into an accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2009 | Hector Tobar
I grew up thinking that California drivers were the best in the world. We may not have been very polite, especially in heavy traffic. But back in the glory days we California natives were savvy drivers. We were practically born behind a steering wheel, so it came easy to us. I learned the ins and outs of "defensive driving" before I learned my multiplication tables. My classroom was the back seat of a Volkswagen and my teacher was my father, who imparted instruction as he drove up and down the Hollywood Freeway.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Talk about taking issues into your own hands. National Review writer Kevin Williamson did just that Wednesday night, in what's now become either an infamous public outburst or a heroic arts effort. During a performance of the musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” at the New York pop-up bar and performance space Kazino, Williamson hurled a nearby woman's cellphone across the room when she refused to stop texting.  “I had a genuinely new experience at the theater tonight,” Williamson wrote that night on the National Review's website.
NEWS
May 3, 2007
I enjoyed what Cindy Bertram had to say and how well she expressed it in her article ["H8 Cyber Mssgs, They R 4 Losers," April 26]. I had lots of fun with it. From someone who's technologically minded, I also say: Grow up and get a life at communicating with real voices and some tone inflections. Enough is enough with those highly impersonal keyboard communications flying left and right -- ad nauseam. Now, we even hear about (Duh!) exciting speed texting championships! Oh, boy! Time, big time, to bring back the term "nerds."
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