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Aggressive Georgia Distracted Driving Prohibition Garners Federal Grant

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.

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. There are exceptions for first responders, drivers responding to emergencies and drivers who are fully parked. Georgia's laws to prevent distracted driving are "primary laws" which enable a law enforcement officer to detain a driver without witnessing any other violation.

Congress made grants available to states that enacted laws allowing police to stop drivers for texting while driving. It was the first time such grants had been offered and 38 states applied for the funding.

Georgia won a $1.6 million grant for the texting ban the state has enforced since 2010. Georgia's law includes a provision against drivers texting even while stopped at a red light.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police.  Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.

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.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia