Texas about to ban texting while driving

Traffic lights in Texas could soon have a logjam, with texting in cars allowed only at stoplights after 1 September. Texas, with its wide-open roads and a legacy as a frontier-minded state, is about to clamp down on drivers who text, with one legislator saying the practice is 20 times more dangerous than drunk driving. […]

Swiss kidnap alerts: gov’t asks cell phone users to load number

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland’s kidnap alert system, adopted in early 2010, is now available via cell phone networks and the government is asking the public to register online to participate, to ensure the widest possible alert network. The minutes that follow a kidnapping are crucial, they say, and the quicker the alert is out […]

Driving under the influence of texting is a serious violation of traffic laws

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Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A man who ran off the road in Obfelden, canton Zurich, has had his lower-court sentence confirmed by Switzerland’s high court 7 October. The man was texting on his cell phone when he ran off the road and crashed  through a wooden fence. The man accepted the CHF1,000 fine but not […]

French law admits text messages as proof in divorce case

Paris, France (GenevaLunch) – Explicit text messages from a philandering husband to his lover may be admitted as evidence, France’s highest court has found. A lower court ruled that text messages were private and could not be used. The cour de cassation, France’s highest court, found however that as long as the text messages were […]

Swiss national holiday: travel alerts, last-minute planning

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If you’re looking for something special to do for the First of August holiday, check our GenevaLunch events page.

Klaxonne ride-sharing at Paleo festival already a modest success

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Update 16:25 Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Paleo Festival Nyon is well and truly over for this year, and we all had very good fun. The festival’s organizers tried even harder this year to encourage public transportation, as GenevaLunch described in its users’ guide to the festival. Among those efforts was Klaxonne.com, an experiment in “dynamic […]