It’s asking a lot to judge sentences handed in a courtroom at which those doing the judging aren’t present, but a sentence handed down in a texting and driving case in Chisago County is likely to stir the debate over how serious the system is on cracking down the practice. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Nothing seems to be working when it comes to getting people to stop texting and driving so there’s at least a minimal level of understanding for the authorities in the Broadhead, Wis., school district — southwest of Milwaukee — who told students at the beginning of the school day last week that four of their friends were dead.
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People who think the justice system doesn’t take the death of pedestrians at the hands of distracted drivers seriously enough have another piece of evidence to support their claim.
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A Wisconsin case illuminates the other half of the growing texting-while-driving problem: the people with whom the drivers are texting. Read more →
‘This accident could have been much, much worse,’ the police said. Both the officer and the texter survived. Read more →
Theater-goers, what on earth is wrong with you? You buy tickets to a show, and then you spend part of it on your phone texting.
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Public safety officials can probably cancel the PR campaign against texting and driving and concentrate instead on making drivers pay a stiff price for doing it, if a survey out today is any indication. Read more →
What New Jersey gets that Minnesota doesn’t, to be single with cancer, caution: texting ahead, the missing Minnesotans in Somalia, and why people really aren’t rebelling against Facebook over privacy. Read more →
The campaigns to get people to stop watching their cellphones while they drive often seem like shoveling sand against the tide; nothing seems to be working to convince people there’s danger in it. So AT&T, Verizon, Spring, and T-Mobile commissioned Werner Herzog, the German filmmaker, to produce a documentary, featuring four tragedies: A paralyzed young Read more →