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Complete Ban on Cell Phones, Portable Devices Proposed by NTSB

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

                                                

Consulting a Riverdale 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 Riverdale you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a comprehensive ban on drivers' use of cell phones and portable electronic devices. This suggestion was made in response to a federal investigation of a chain reaction accident in another state that was caused by a driver who was texting.

 

Arguments against such a ban include that laws prohibiting cell phone use or texting while driving have not made driving conclusively safer. Those supporting such a ban cite to law enforcement's selective enforcement of such bans.

 

Texting and driving is illegal in the majority of states including Georgia. In Georgia it is prohibited pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that enforcement of Georgia's texting and driving ban is nearly nonexistent. In over two years since the law went into effect there has been an average of less than 50 convictions per month. In 2011, nearly 4,000 accidents in Georgia were attributed to distracted driving and cell phone use; nearly 1,000 accidents resulted in injury and nine were fatal crashes. However, Riverdale convicted only 20 people for distracted driving.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Riverdale auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith by calling (770)487-8999. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia