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Georgia Distracted Driving Penalty Not a Deterrent

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.

 

Georgia's law prohibiting texting while driving was passed in 2010 yet records show an average of less than 50 convictions each month. Enforcement is difficult as police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was actually texting and not dialing or talking.

 

The law's penalty also does not appear to be a deterrent as an offender receives only a $150 fine and one point on the driver's record. Despite widespread attention about the dangers of distracted driving including public service announcements and cell phone advertising campaigns, surveys show that an increasing number of people admit to using cell phones while driving.

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) attributes nearly 4,000 auto accidents in 2012 to cell phone distracted driving, nine fatalities and 955 serious injuries.

 

According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Though it is already common knowledge that texting while driving is hazardous, recent studies show that the risks do not seem to dissuade drivers.

 

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