Texting Laws

Thirty states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving, but recent research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that the bans don’t work. And researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute compared rates of collision insurance claims in four states — California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington — before and after they enacted texting bans. Crash rates rose in three of the states after bans were enacted.

Source: USA Today

Happy Birthday

Recovery.gov, the federal site created to provide transparency on where and how stimulus funds are spent, turned 1 year old in September. Though the site has had inaccuracies, it’s proven to be a model for transparency and a fraud deterrent, according to Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board Chairman Earl Devaney. The board and website expire in 2013.

Source: USA Today

Bye Bye Bulbie

The iconic pear-shaped light bulb is fading away. On Sept. 24, production of the classic American light bulb ended when General Electric closed its last U.S. incandescent light bulb plant. (They are still being manufactured in Mexico.) Over the past five years, demand for incandescent light bulbs declined by 50 percent, thanks to organizations like Greenpeace, which has educated consumers on protecting the environment, and the government promoting that compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy efficient.

Source: Walletpop.com

Baby Face: 

According to a study by Internet security firm AVG, 82 percent of children in 10 Western countries have a digital footprint, thanks to photo-sharing websites like Facebook. The four top ranking nations that have children under 2 years old appearing in pictures online are:

92 percent: United States

91 percent: New Zealand

84 percent: Canada

84 percent: Australia

Source: CNN

Texting while driving statutes in the United States:

Banned for all drivers:

Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin

  

Banned for new drivers:

Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and West Virginia

  

No statute:

Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Vermont and Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Karen Stewartson, Managing Editor Karen Stewartson  |  Managing Editor

Karen Stewartson is the managing editor of Government Technology. She contributes to Public CIO journal and Emergency Management magazine. Karen is a lifelong learner who has a penchant for words, puns, food and babies.