Distracted driving is still a huge problem for motorists. Although most drivers wouldn’t like to admit it, they know that taking their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and their mind off of driving to send or read a text can be very dangerous to their safety and to the safety of others sharing the road with them.
It is unarguable that texting while driving is distracting and dangerous. However, many drivers still participate in this distracted driving behavior, which has led to numerous auto accidents in Georgia and throughout this nation.
Because of the ever-increasing number of people killed by distracted drivers, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has focused much of his time and energy trying to tackle the distracted driving epidemic plaguing the United States.
Recently, Ray LaHood presented a “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving.” The plan includes:
- Grant money given to some states (Delaware and California) to help law enforcement officers crack down on distracted drivers;
- Increased media coverage to inform drivers about increased ticketing that drivers will receive if they use cell phones while driving;
- Pushing states without anti-texting laws to adopt such laws;
- Encouraging automakers to consider distracted drivers when developing new technology for vehicles, and addressing distracting in-vehicle controls;
- Helping driver education companies to focus on the dangers of distracted driving when training novice drivers.
There is no denying that distracted driving—including cell phone calls, text messages, and using electronic devices—has been linked to thousands of deaths in this nation. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,092 people were killed in 2010 by distracted driving, which is equivalent to one in ten driver fatalities due to this epidemic. Sadly, this number also indicates that approximately 10,000 drivers are texting while driving at any given moment.
Distracted driving in Georgia and throughout this nation is a big problem that many drivers choose to ignore. No one believes they will hit someone while they are texting at the wheel, but it does happen. This is why Secretary Ray LaHood is focusing his blueprint at:
- Novice drivers
- Safety organizations
It takes everyone working together to spread the message to end the dangerous behavior of distracted driving. All it takes is one second to cause an Atlanta car crash and injuries.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may have rights to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost income, and more. Don’t delay calling an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney today to find out more about your rights. You can reach Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.