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Safety Experts Say States Should Stop Sending Traffic Updates via Twitter

States that ban texting while driving should stop providing traffic information through Twitter as it sends a mixed signal to motorists, say safety experts and...
September 22, 2009

States that ban texting while driving should stop providing traffic information through Twitter as it sends a mixed signal to motorists, say safety experts and officials. The online service might only add to distracted driving, which is what the measures intend to curb, they said. But transportation officials defended their Twitter-enabled program, saying drivers are supposed to check the updates before they drive and not while behind the wheel. At least 22 states that ban texting while driving offer some type of service that allows motorists to get information about traffic tie-ups, road conditions or emergencies via Twitter.

States Send Mixed Messages on Testing and Driving (ABC News 9/18/09)