Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Feb 16, 2015 in Auto Accidents
In a move that's being called a good first step towards safer roads, Denton city officials have voted to ban texting while driving. Anyone caught texting and driving could face a $200 fine.
Under the new rules, drivers will not be allowed to text, surf the internet or use other handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. However, talking on your phone is still allowed, as long as you are using a hands-free device.
Signs promoting the awareness campaign have been posted on 38 city-run roads. However, no signs were posted on I-35 or its service roads to avoid confusing out-of-town drivers.
Leading Factor in Most Crashes = Distracted Driving!
What if everyone drove with a blindfold on? That would be scary and you wouldn't feel safe on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of vehicles are being driven by a person holding a hand-held electronic device. That means over 800,000 drivers are not paying full attention to the road and might as well be blindfolded.
Three Main Types of Distracted Driving
- Taking your eyes off the road
- Taking your hands off the wheel
- Taking your mind off what you're doing
Distracted Driving Statistics
Using a cell phone while driving, whether its hand-held or hands-free, delays a drivers reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
- 15- to 19-year-olds make up the largest proportion of distracted drivers.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
- Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400 percent increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
At the law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings , our licensed Texas and Oklahoma attorneys have helped people just like you obtain compensation for the property damage and injuries that distracted drivers cause.
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