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Distracted Driving

'Never again': Course helps teens see errors of bad driving habits

'Never again': Course helps teens see errors of bad driving habits

Sitting in a golf cart on a course set up in the parking lot of Billings West High School, volunteer Tammy Crigler handed a cellphone to a teenage driver and gave her some bad advice.

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Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Texting while driving in Montana is dangerous, but not illegal.

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St. Vincent Healthcare targets texting teens with distracted driving obstacle course

St. Vincent Healthcare targets texting teens with distracted driving obstacle course

Sadie Turner, a 17-year-old senior at Huntley Project, learned firsthand Wednesday something she may not have readily gleaned from a textbook.

September 04, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

HELENA — State lawmakers are considering telling Montanans to hang up and drive — or face hefty fines.

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Missoula ban on cellphone use by drivers, cyclists takes effect

MISSOULA — The Missoula ban on driving or cycling and talking on handheld cellphones is now the law.

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Central students get hands-on look at dangers of texting, drinking while driving

Central students get hands-on look at dangers of texting, drinking while driving

While driving down a neighborhood street, Kelsie Weber looked down at her phone to fire off a text message. Soon after, a child ran out from the sidewalk toward the car’s passenger side.

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Cheyenne giving drivers more cell phone tickets

CHEYENNE — Police in Cheyenne are giving more tickets for driving while texting or talking on a cell phone.

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Gazette opinion: New law helps drivers keep hands on wheel, off phone

Six weeks after Billings banned most drivers from using hand-held electronic devices, local residents have heard many creative messages reinforcing the fact that cell phone use is a dangerous distraction.

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Billings Police make 1st stops under distracted-driving ordinance

Billings Police make 1st stops under distracted-driving ordinance

Billings police officer Samantha Puckett makes a 180 in her patrol car on Broadwater Avenue with lights flashing.

October 31, 2010 9:30 pm Photos

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Golden Pen Award: Agree or disagree, obey cell phone ban

The recently passed city ban on cell phone use while driving continues to create significant controversy throughout Billings. Many people continue to oppose the ban, claiming that cell phone use while driving is no different than other distractions, such as changing the radio, eating or putt…

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Time to hang up: Distracted driving ordinance takes effect today

Time to hang up: Distracted driving ordinance takes effect today

Law enforcement today begins enforcing a citywide ban on cell phone use while driving, a move that city officials hope will improve safety on Billings’ streets.

October 31, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Teens need to control driving distractions

The sight of bustling high school parking lots is one sure sign that the 2010-11 school year is in full swing, full of energy and promise.

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Gazette opinion: Get off the phone, help curb distracted driving

Gazette opinion: Get off the phone, help curb distracted driving

Cities and states across our great nation have been trying to curb cell phone use while driving because of the dangerous distractions it causes.

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Cell phones, disc golf on city agenda

Cell phones, disc golf on city agenda

Disc golf and cell phones will dominate much of the City Council’s time tonight, as the two hot topics return, perhaps for the last time. Other council business includes a change in city water rates and two special reviews.

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Cell phones capable of being overpowering

The technology in most vehicles is amazing. As soon as the driver enters the vehicle, a cell phone appears and attaches itself to the driver’s ear. It stays there for most or all of the trip. The turn signals totally quit working the same time the cell phone appears, thinking the persons beh…

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Gazette opinion: Wyoming’s ban on texting while driving a good step

O-M-G. It is now i-l-l-e-g-a-l to text and drive in Wyoming.

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Proposed law targets use of phones while driving

Billings’ distracted driving committee presented its report to the City Council on Tuesday night, with the council now considering a new ordinance that would ban cell phone use while driving but allow the use of two-way radios for business purposes. The council will vote on a proposed ordina…

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Gazette opinion: Revising cell phone proposal makes sense

Gazette opinion: Revising cell phone proposal makes sense

Arrive alive, don’t text and drive.

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Texting while driving is dangerous to all

I am a fifth-grader at St. Francis. I would like to draw the attention of teenagers around the world to stop texting and talking on their phones while driving.

March 14, 2010 12:00 am Related

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Gazette opinion: Distracted driving warrants city’s attention

Last week, City Councilwoman Peggie Gaghen convened the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Distracted Driving, a council initiative to consider how best to discourage drivers from texting, phoning or using other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.

March 08, 2010 12:05 am Related Loading…

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