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Anti-Distracted Driving Campaigns Call Attention to Growing Problem

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, it is estimated that 18 percent of auto accidents that year involved distracted drivers.

 

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.

 

According to published reports some Georgia legislators have considered introducing a harsher ban on the use of electronic devices while driving. Georgia already prohibits texting while driving. It also bans the use of handheld devices by drivers who are 17 years old or younger. Penalties are a $150 fine and one point on a driving record.

 

State records indicated that in the first two years after the texting ban there was an average of 50 texting convictions per month. Since enforcement seems to be minimal and the problem keeps growing, the number of public service messages and campaigns has increased, AT&T began the "Texting and driving…it can wait" campaign almost two years ago. Free apps are available for all kinds of cell phones; some lock upon reaching a certain speed while others read aloud an incoming text. Insurance companies have bought local billboards that read "TWD has GTG" (texting while driving has got to go).

 

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