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Harsher Distracted Driving Law Discussed by Lawmakers

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.


However, some legislators feel that the laws currently in place are not having enough of an effect in combatting distracted driving. There is currently a bill under consideration that would restrict the use of electronic devices by all drivers while allowing hands-free devices. Legislators are also considering allowing the police to detain and cite any driver who violates the law. A version of the new bill regulating distracted driving has been sent to the Georgia House Motor Vehicles Committee. The Committee will debate and decide whether a final version should be sent to the entire Georgia legislature.


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