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Disturbing results from distracted driving poll

Who is more likely to drive while distracted: older residents of Houston or younger ones? The answer, according to a recent Harris poll, lies somewhere in between. As it turns out, members of Generation X are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel – even more than younger generations (Millennials and Generation Z).

Houston school alert: Distracted driving dangers on the rise

Summer is winding down and the new school year is descending upon Houston public school students and kids across the state whether they like it or not (let’s hope they’re looking forward to it). With millions of students restarting school, AAA Texas wants to remind everyone that distracted driving accidents are on the rise and causing injuries and deaths in far too many communities.

Study: half of parents talk on phone with their kids in the car

There is nothing and no one more important to a parent than their child – unless, perhaps, it’s their phone. According to new research, about half of parents of children ages 4 to 10 talked on their phone while driving with their children in the vehicle. The study also found that about one in three parents reads text messages with kids in the car and approximately one in seven uses social media.

Texas continues campaign against distracted driving

If you drive north of Houston for about four hours, you will come to Richardson. The comfortable Dallas suburb is the hometown of Jensen Ackles, star of the CW's "Supernatural" series. The actor recently teamed up with the Texas Department of Transportation to shoot a public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving.

Infotainment systems driving new-car owners to distraction

It’s not the handling, braking or the way the paint job looks at night. It’s not the rims or storage space or the amount of room available for knees in the back seat. No, the feature that aggravates and frustrates new-car owners more than any other is the infotainment system.

Study: drugged driving up, drunk driving down

Here in Houston, we have repeatedly seen local news reports about the violence and tragedy that are generated by drivers who are high on drugs. According to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, drugs are being detected more and more in drivers who cause crashes that take lives.

Report: Uber’s self-driving SUV saw woman before it killed her

Regular readers of our Houston legal blog will recall the headlines made in March when an Uber vehicle struck and killed a woman walking with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona. Federal investigators of the pedestrian accident have released a preliminary report that helps clarify facts of the deadly crash.

University of Texas study: wearable tech distracts drivers, too

Apple has one and so does its archrival, Samsung. So do Fitbit, Garmin, LG and many other companies large and small. Though each has worked hard to make wearable technology the next big thing, their watches have not had the kind of breakthrough success of smart phones.