In the state of North Carolina, all drivers are banned from text messaging behind the wheel. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 40 states now have such laws on the books. Unfortunately, these laws aren't stopping drivers from this dangerous driving behavior.
For more than 3 years now, officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have been working diligently to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Now, these officials are teaming up with FOX's hit series Glee to raise awareness. Of all distractions, texting might be one of the worse, too! When a driver text messages, they take their hands off of the wheel, their eyes off of the road and their mind off of the task at hand -- driving. It's a move that not only endangers a driver's safety, but the safety of everyone else on the road.
Our Charlotte personal injury lawyers understand that distracted driving is one of the most common factors in car accidents. Officials estimate that about 20 percent of car accidents involve a distracted driver. In 2010, there were more than 3,000 people killed and another 415,000 injuries in these crashes nationwide. What's most alarming is that these kinds of accidents are completely preventable. All drivers have to do is put the phone away and pay attention!
Just a few months ago, one of Glee's episodes featured the dangers of distracted driving. One of the show's main characters was involved in a serious accident -- all caused by a distracted driver. The footage from that episode will be used in a brand new public service announcement (PSA). It's called the "On My Way" PSA and it's showing American drivers just how dangerous it is to take your eyes off of the road -- even for a few seconds.
On average, a driver takes their eyes off of the road for 5 seconds when reading/writing a text message. Each time a driver does this they can travel the length of a football field without ever setting their eyes on the road.
"This was a story we wanted to tell because we know the influence our show can have in starting conversations and raising awareness," said Glee's Ryan Murphy.
This PSA is all being used at a part of the national campaign to get drivers to put down the phone behind the wheel -- "Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks." It's all an effort from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
There should never be a text or a phone call that's worth risking your life or the lives of others. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Texts and calls should be handled by a passenger or should be handled once you've stopped in a safe area. Be safe out there, be responsible and help to keep travelers alive with good driving habits.
If your or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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