Anti-Distracted Driving Pledge Increases Awareness

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 Shane Smith Law.

Public service messages have increased awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. With that in mind, local television station 11Alive created a program it calls "The Great Hang Up" that includes a pledge not to drive while distracted. The pledge, which is available on the station's website, reads:

"I ______________ pledge to do my best to stop using my cell phone when driving. I will not text, email, or talk on my phone while driving my car. I understand that driving while distracted is dangerous to me and to others on the road. I will do my best to pass this message along to others I care about."

Since enforcement of texting bans 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 Shane Smith Law.

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