PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


2020Talks - August 14, 2020 


Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

WYO Campaign: Safety Speaks Louder than a Text Message

September 6, 2011

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Safety first, texting second. It's a message for teens and parents as the school season gets under way.

A new crop of teen drivers is behind the wheel, along with the regular uptick in the number of youngsters walking and bicycling to school and a reactivation of school zones. Driving to school is a rite of passage, says Diana Rhodes, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association president, but one that needs a special emphasis on staying safe.

"It's a wonderful feeling to have such responsibility. However, today's youth have more distractions due to mobile devices, which can mean less concentration on the road and more potential for disaster."

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 92 percent of drivers agree that texting is a serious safety concern. At the same time, about 25 percent admit to texting or other use of mobile devices while behind the wheel. Drivers caught texting while driving in Wyoming can be issued a $75 citation.

Every day, Rhodes says, trial lawyers see the unfortunate effects of incidents where safety wasn't heeded, causing death and lifelong harm. Nearly every time, the incident was preventable, she says, and that's always the case with mobile devices and driving.

"Urging parents and young drivers to pay particular attention to the road. Put the cell phone down."

Guides for parents to help encourage safer teen driving, along with survey results about texting and driving, are at online at AAAFoundation.org.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY