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N.C. Transportation Agency Sends Unsafe Twitter Updates about Traffic to Motorist

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My colleague, John Cooper, wrote an article on the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blog about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s apparent disregard to the new texting while driving laws. To read the full article about this government agency’s unsafe practice of tweeting motorist of traffic snarls on the popular Twitter microblog platform, click here.

A number of state transportation agencies have begun offering motorists up-to-the-minute traffic updates on Twitter. Just be careful that you don’t check them while behind the wheel, because you could end up with a ticket.

At least 22 states ban texting while driving, but also offer some type of electronic service providing information about traffic jams, emergencies and other road conditions. Safety experts and some politicians are calling that a dangerous mixed signal.

Minnesota lawmaker Frank Hornstein says, "You shouldn’t be fiddling around with any kind of electronic gadget in your car while driving." State transportation officials insist they are not encouraging people to get online while driving.

Rather, they say drivers should check their tweets before getting on the road. The danger caused by texting while behind the wheel is no joke, and as an extremely graphic PSA from the UK shows in almost unbearable detail, the results can be truly deadly.