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Georgia Law Enforcement Far Behind Other States in Enforcing Anti-Texting Laws

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 Fayette 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 Fayette County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, fewer than 50 people a month are convicted of texting while driving in the two years since Georgia prohibited the practice. There were 1,281 convictions for texting while driving in the first two years after the prohibition went into effect. For comparison, 22,500 people were convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in the same time period. Georgia State troopers averaged about 11 citations a month in the first two years that texting while driving was illegal.

 

Some drivers may not see the punishment as much of a deterrent. A texting while driving violation carries a fine of $150 and the possibility of a point on the driver's record.

 

On the other hand, the Nevada Highway Patrol reportedly issued 11,992 distracted driving traffic citations in 2012 alone for infractions including texting, talking without hands-free technology and reading on a cell phone. Of the total citations, only 30 were for second offenses while 25 percent were third offenses. The fines for subsequent offenses are $192 and $352 for second and third citations.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Fayette County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia