Top 10 Excuses From Drivers Caught Using Phones

Motorists using a cell phone while driving is a common problem in the United States.

Since the first law was passed in New York in 2001 banning handheld cell phone use while driving, there has been debate as to the degree of hazard, according to the New York-based Insurance Information Institute.

A survey conducted by State Farm in November 2010 found that 74 percent reported making or receiving calls at least once a week while driving.

Here are the top 10 excuses the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia compiled of local drivers who were caught using handheld phone devices while driving:

  1. This is a bogus law.
  2. It was my boss on the phone. I had to answer it.
  3. I wasn't using it. I just like to hold it.
  4. Sorry officer, I didn't see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone.
  5. But it was an emergency call to my wedding planner.
  6. My Bluetooth died.
  7. Driver: I'm using my speakerphone. Police officer: No, you're holding your phone in one hand and steering with the other.
  8. I'm not driving; I was stopped at a red light.
  9. I wasn't talking, I was checking my messages.
  10. I was just checking the time.

(Source: Insurance Journal, complete article located at

IKEA Announces Recall on Children's Tent

Swedish Furniture store IKEA announced a recall of a children's folding tent it had sold over the summer.

IKEA is recalling the BUSA children's folding tent according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because it said the steel wire frame of the tent could break, producing sharp wire ends that could puncture the tent's cloth covering and possibly injure the tent's occupants.

According to IKEA, about 58,000 tents were sold in the United States and Canada

The tent was sold in August and September for around $8, IKEA said. It is described as a cube-shaped children's folding tent with model number 90192009. The brand name BUSA and IKEA and the model number are printed on a sewn-in label attached to an interior seam in the tent. The tent frame is made of flat steel wire and the tent material is pale green polyester fabric with turquoise, pink and white trim. The tent was manufactured in Vietnam.

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Americans Support National Law on Teen Driving

Nearly six in 10 Americans favor a federal law that would impose driving restrictions on teen drivers and institute a graduated driving license system.

A recent national survey from Allstate Insurance shows that support for a national graduated driver licensing (GDL) law corresponds with low opinions about teen driving skills, which received the lowest ranking among all ages surveyed.

Currently, the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act is pending in Congress as part of a broader bill known as Mariah's Law, named after an Arkansas teen killed in a crash involving texting.

STANDUP would restrict nighttime driving, limit the number of passengers in a teen's car, prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, and issuance of permits and licenses with specific age requirements through a gradual, multi-phased process.

(Source: Insurance Journal, complete article located at