Driving Laws

This is an encore interview with Matt Richtel.  It was originally broadcast in November, 2014.

We’ve all heard the message by now: Texting while driving is dangerous. Yet each year, texting is a factor in more than 280,000 automobile accidents in the United States. And texting behind the wheel has now surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of death for teenagers in our country.

No More Texting, But What About Mapping While Driving?

Apr 9, 2012
Kevin Mooney

Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill last week 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.

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.  And there are already laws on the books that ban watching TV while driving, so that means YouTube is out.