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swedes flout ban on texting behind the wheel




a four-month-old law banning the use of mobile phones in the car has not had much of an effect on sweden’s motorists.



swedes flout ban on texting behind the wheel




since the much-discussed ban came into effect on february 1, more than 350 drivers have been charged with violating the law.  in nearly all of the cases in which drivers have been charged with using a handheld device while driving, they have been slapped with a 1,500 kronor (€145, $170) fine acco...



in florida, texting and driving still not a primary offense




will florida join most of the rest of the country and place an outright ban on texting and driving? probably not anytime soon. the florida house overwhelmingly approved a measure thursday that would make texting behind the wheel a primary offense. currently, it's a secondary offense, meaning an offi...



sweden takes another shot at banning texting behind the wheel




the current law, introduced in 2013, only bans drivers from using their phones in a manner that could be deemed "detrimental" to their driving. whether someone's driving is "detrimental" due to their mobile phone usage is down to the police to determine, but it has proven difficult in the past. but ...



mps back plan to make texting while driving a criminal offence




photo: dariusz sankowski via pixabaysending text messages and apps from behind the wheel is likely to become a criminal offence after a majority of mps said they backed a change in the law.the government wants to class using a mobile phone screen at the wheel as ‘reckless behaviour’ equivalent t...



driver killed in tarneit crash that destroyed childcare centre




smoke and flames were coming out of a car before it ploughed into a childcare centre in tarneit in melbourne's west on monday morning, police say.acting assistant commissioner of road policing deb robertson said it was not known what prompted the car to suddenly veer into the large building after po...



seven in ten swedish drivers text at the wheel: poll




seven out of ten drivers in sweden have at some point or other read or sent a text message while behind the wheel, according to a new survey. sweden may be tech-savvy, but how safety-conscious are its drivers? a new survey, by vehicle safety testing agency bilprovningen, quizzed 2,000 people about t...



10 best texting apps and sms apps for android




text messaging is among the most popular ways to communicate in the whole world. it’s quick, easy to do, and it doesn’t require you pausing what you’re doing like phone calls do. we do understand that many people still prefer the human touch of talking on the phone and we respect that. however...



10 best texting apps and sms apps for android




text messaging is among the most popular ways to communicate in the whole world. it’s quick, easy to do, and it doesn’t require you pausing what you’re doing like phone calls do. we do understand that many people still prefer the human touch of talking on the phone and we respect that. however...



texting ban may soon be enforced on florida's deadly roads




florida highway patrol sgt. mark wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. both weave. they speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. they endanger their lives and others. "there's on...



texting ban may soon be enforced on florida's deadly roads




florida highway patrol sgt. mark wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. both weave. they speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. they endanger their lives and others. "there's on...



florida may finally implement full ban on texting while driving




whether or not the measure works is another story. the ap notes that there are conflicting studies on the effectiveness of these laws. the insurance institute for highway safety said that those states without texting as a main offense had higher-than-average highway death rates, but also stated that...



swedes are consuming more meat than ever: report




swedes continue to consume more meat according to new figures. photo: magnus hjalmarson neideman/svd/tt don't be fooled by the vegetarian options available at your local supermarket: new figures show that swedes are consuming more meat than ever, causing alarm about the continued increase in the cou...



one in three swedes has farted and blamed it on the pet, survey finds. but wait,




what do swedes do in their living room? if you're ikea, that's a question you want to know the answer to, so the furniture giant asked pollsters to find out. here's what they discovered. thirty-one percent of swedes have at one point farted in their living room and tried to pin the blame for the ste...



how often do swedes have sex? authorities about to find out




tens of thousands of swedes will be probed about their under-the-sheets habits. photo: karin malmhav/svd/tt how do the swedes get it on? the swedish government wants to find out and has launched a major survey on the subject in a bid to gather enough knowledge to improve the swedes' general wellbein...



seven reasons why swedes make the best housemates in the world




this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here. if you're thinking about moving in with a swede – whether it's your partner, friend, or mother-in-law – i can tell you that you're in for a treat. you see, there's no better housemate than a swede. here's w...



few canberrans caught texting, using social media while driving, despite new law




texting while driving has been the cause of many crashes and close-calls on canberra's roads.but the act government's efforts to crack down on this behaviour appears to have been less than effective. six times as many people were caught talking on the phone while driving than messaging or using soc...



in florida, texting and driving still not a primary offense




will florida join most of the rest of the country and place an outright ban on texting and driving? probably not anytime soon.



young swedes swapping alcohol for social media and the gym: study




swedish youngsters are becoming less permissive about alcohol, and exercise could be playing a part. photo: pontus lundahl/tt young swedes are becoming stricter in their attitudes towards alcohol, with social media use and a love of fitness contributing to a less permissive attitude – the opposite...



zf's advanced steering wheel concept is for autonomous autos and driver interact




zf has rolled out a new steering wheel concept that will support level 3 and higher autonomous driving. the wheel also has displays on it to enhance the communication between the driver and the vehicle when a human is piloting the car. the wheel concept uses gesture control to trigger various functi...



texas governor signs texting-while-driving ban into law




texas gov. greg abbott announces that there will be a special session of the texas legislature, tuesday, june 6, 2017, in austin, texas. with the special session, beginning july 18, gov. abbott is reviving a so-called "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people after the last try ended with republi...



ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars




ford actually filed the patent in february 2016, and it was awarded to the automaker last week on august 10th, as originally reported by motor1. it's not a perfect solution, the document notes: designers will have to reconsider how they implement airbags, which are traditionally situated in the stee...



swedes opt for more expensive bottles of wine




swedes may be drinking less alcohol, but sales are up at systembolaget, according to fresh figures from 2017.  the explanation? swedes are getting into the pricey plonk. "we're seeing that there are more people choosing a more expensive product," the ceo of systembolaget magdalena gerger told the t...



texting ban may soon be enforced on florida's deadly roads




florida highway patrol sgt. mark wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. both weave. they speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. they endanger their lives and others.



spotify is testing a 'driving mode' for fewer distractions




now that we've all got streaming, on-demand music in the car with our phones, it's hard not to want to fiddle with our playlists while driving. obviously, messing with your device on the road is as bad as texting, though. as reported on the verge, spotify seems to be testing a new driving mode featu...