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Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY), recently introduced the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 (H.R. 3035, 112nd Cong., 1st Sess. (2011)), in the House of Representatives that contains sweeping changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the most significant of which would permit debt collectors to use automatic telephone dialing systems (auto-dialers) to call a person’s cellular telephone. This proposed Act, which would amend certain provisions of the TCPA, can be viewed on the U.S. Government Printing Office’s website (Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011). […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

An article within Consumer Reports’ October 2011 issue (Connected cars: A new risk) discusses the risks, by diverting the driver’s attention to something other than driving, posed by new technology, such as the ability to text, tweet, access the internet, in many new cars and trucks. The article discusses the types of equipment available now or in the very near future that can cause driver distraction, which, increases the risks of a collision. These features include the ability to send text or email messages or listen to text messages, emails, Twitter and Facebook postings. Essentially, vehicles are becoming more “connected.” […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

The Texas Transportation Institute’s recent study, An Investigation Of The Effects Of Reading And Writing Text-Based Messages While Drivingfound, among other things, that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when driving and sending or receiving a text message. The findings were worse than what most experts expected. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

The AAA Foundation recently released its Fourth Annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which found that despite a driver’s knowledge and beliefs about the risks of involved with driving and texting, emailing and talking on a cell phone while driving, many drivers perform these activities anyway. Some of the findings include: […]

The AAA Foundation and AAA have designated October 2 to 8, 2011, as “Heads Up Driving Week” to get drivers to remove distractions and focus only on the road. These organizations are asking drivers to Take The Pledge:

I pledge to drive distraction-free, with the goal to permanently reduce my distracted driving habits. I will spread the word about driving distraction-free among my family and friends encouraging them to resist distracting behaviors while driving.

You can take find the Pledge here. Additional information about this Week and distracted driving can be found on AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s website.

At Lapin Law Offices we encourage everyone take this Pledge. We did.

For more information regarding the risks of distracted driving, read Lapin Law Offices’ post about statistics for distracted driving accidents, injuries and deaths: Alarming Statistics Regarding Distracted Driving.


By: Jeffrey Lapin

At a meeting of debt collectors last week in Atlantic City, it was noted that the current state of the economy has created even more business for debt collectors. In a article published today in the Lincoln Journal Star (Debt collectors: Business great but hard as ever) debt collectors at the meeting state that aggressive tactics, such as threats and repeated calls “just don’t work.” In addition, they allege that unpaid debt is never truly written off; it just gets passed on to new customers. […]