We’ve been talking a lot about the risks associated with distracted driving — and rightfully so considering how big of a problem this actually is. According to officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers aren’t hanging up the phone despite the large number of injuries, fatalities and warnings. Now, officials are giving it another shot by releasing new information during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Our Anderson car accident lawyers understand that these distracted driving car accidents take the lives of thousands of people each year. In 2011, there were more than 3,000 people killed because drivers weren’t paying attention behind the wheel. According to distraction.gov, there were another 415,000 people injured in these accidents, too. Even with repeat of these statistics and all of the warnings from safe driving advocates, drivers continue to take their eyes off the road and place them onto needless and dangerous distractions.
To help to get the message across, officials with the NHTSA rounded up statistics from a number of federal sources and released them in the premier issue of “SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS” online monthly auto safety newsletter.
According to the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), at any given daylight moment across the nation, there are about 660,000 drivers who are using a cell phone or manipulating an electronic device while driving. That’s a number that has stayed put for the last several years. And officials believe that more drivers are talking and texting now than ever. With the increase in the popularity of mobile devices, they’re more easily accessed by drivers. But with the convenience comes danger!
The truth of the matter is that there is no way to text message and drive at the same time safely. Many drivers think that their brains can multitask efficiently and they’ll be okay. However, multitasking is a myth. What our brain actually does is switch back and forth to and from each activity, never fully focusing on both.
Although a large majority of drivers say that they support legislation to keep drivers off their phones, not everyone is listening. Drivers are even reporting, in the 2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors survey, that the fines for breaking these kinds of laws should be at least $200.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone in the driver’s seat. All drivers are banned from text messaging. We’re asking you to follow these regulations, not only because it’s the law but we’re asking you to do it to stay alive.
North Carolina’s text messaging and cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation.
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month Aims to Prevent Car Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, March 24, 2013