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Georgia Teen Panel Recommends Harsher Distracted Driving Penalties


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10/24/2014
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Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

The Georgia Governor's Commission on Teen Driving recommended harsher penalties as the best deterrent for teen drivers who violate bans on distracted driving practices. The Commission is a group of Georgia teenagers appointed by the governor to evaluate existing state laws banning handheld and hands-free devices by teen drivers.

The 22 teen members presented their suggestions to legislators and public safety advocates. They recommended a statewide ban on handheld devices by all drivers and more resources dedicated to educating young drivers about texting and driving dangers specifically and distracted driving in general. The commission also offered a statewide strategy for educating teen drivers about distracted driving.

All drivers in Georgia are prohibited from texting while driving. The law forbids using a cell phone, computer, email or instant messaging device, text messaging device, PDA or similar wireless device to write, send, or read text data while driving. Georgia also bans the use of any handheld or hands-free device by bus drivers and those under 18 years old.If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 



Category: Distracted Driving

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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