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.
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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.
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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.
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
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
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