Texting behind the wheel: New ad campaign targets distracted driving But, she added, her team tried to account for the other factors that could explain the decline -- like laws on speeding, drunk driving, handheld restrictions. This is a Primary Law, which means that the driver can receive a ticket for the violation without other traffic violations taking place such as speeding. Well-intentioned though they may be, the government — and in fact, nobody — can stop you from making bad decisions about your life. That they spilled their coffee, or dropped a French fry and went down to pick it up. On the other hand, some people argue that making texting and driving illegal is going to do harm rather than good. In that short time frame or more, the National Safety Council has records of 1,600,000 car accidents that occur every year because of texting while driving.
There's no shame in making the roads a safer and distraction-free environment. Whether people believe they can safely type on their phone while driving, or are merely unaware of the real dangers in the act, does not matter. It may not seem like the highest number, but knowing that more than half of those messages are sent while driving makes the matter of texting a lot worse. School Bus drivers: 21 states and District of Columbia. A primary law is when an officer can pull you over for an offense without even having to witness another violation, to say that if an officer see you texting he can issue you a citation. You cannot prove they were texting and driving.
The study will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association. This time, he clipped a Saturn heading the other direction on the two-lane highway. The penalties for texting while driving should be as severe as drunk driving, and the convicted person should have to go without a phone for at least a year. Yes, it may cause reckless driving, so let it be penalized as such. This is why it needs to be illegal. Most scholars have come to the consensus that texting while driving is a negative thing for the health of drivers.
In order to properly unify, enforce, and deter texting while driving punishment for breaking the law should be uniform across the country, using the model that Massachusetts has already set. In October 2016, and Aceable Driving published a study showing that teenagers are more likely to witness their parents or legal guardians driving distracted than their friends and peers. The data and research which I have collected and included in the latter parts of this paper will provide proof that texting while driving causes an increase in driving fatalities on U. This will help keep everyone safe including fellow drivers on the road and pedestrians. Does texting while driving is dangerous? All drivers Primary Yes Massachusetts Local option School bus drivers, passenger bus drivers, drivers younger than 18. January 1, 2010 Illegal for all drivers to use handheld devices. All drivers Primary Yes Minnesota No School bus drivers, learner's permit holders, and provisional license holders during the first 12 months after licensing All drivers Primary Yes Mississippi No School bus drivers.
If you know you'll be driving, give those with whom you normally communicate a heads up. This is a Primary Law, which means that the driver can receive a ticket for the violation without other traffic violations taking place such as speeding. Subjects were asked to use either or a smartphone-based messaging interface and were then interrupted with an emergency event. This pressing issue needs well thought out ads that will convince people to act on this deadly habit and not just be aware of it. The country's other two territories, , and , have yet to enact bans. The next time you hear that irresistible beep or feel that buzz, remember these 10 reasons not to text and drive.
He also said that the finding that collisions went up after texting bans indicates that those bans might even increase the risk for texting drivers. If You Are in Texas, You're Now Breaking the Law. The use of mobile devices is linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and even loss of life. You would have gone to work clueless, along with your dad and what would the situation be when you get home? Allof you over in the no section probably text and drive on a daily basis and don't want to hide your phone while your driving. Those who are driving on a permit, junior license or probationary licence will have their license suspended for 120 days on the first offense and one year for subsequent offenses. However the SafeTexting Campaign has developed an iPhone app that detects if a person is driving and reminds them not to text and drive.
But, this is not just a problem among teen drivers. Does the country need a better awareness program? Violation also carries 5 driver violation points. As she looked down at her phone to read the new text message, she lost control of her car, which proceeded to slide across the median, hit a bridge, and kill the young girl with a bright future. But right behind reading is eating — something nearly all of us have done in the car at one time or another — at 2. Tests have shown that texting and driving can be more dangerous then driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He's also seen the negative effects of eating and driving firsthand. What about driving while using a cellphone? Points assessed against license This is a Primary Law, which means that the driver can receive a ticket for the violation without other traffic violations taking place such as speeding.
Although the study only focused on four states, she said there's no reason why the findings wouldn't apply to the 26 other states that have also adopted texting-while-driving laws. School bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones either handheld or hands-free. With statistics like that, something as simple as texting while driving should be forbidden without any complaints. Driving while talking on a cell phone is illegal in seven states. I believe texting while driving should be illegal. However, stronger laws should be placed to forbid texting while driving in order to prevent drivers, as well as passengers, from experiencing that horrific experience. Data is a wonderful thing.
Distracted driving can occur in three… 1053 Words 5 Pages to slightly focus on many different things. Well David maybe not so severe punishment is that, but that is the general consensus of what thousands and thousands of the injured people in the great state of California feel when they are rear ended by inattentive drivers who feel that it is more important to send a text message then it is to drive fully alert and focused on the job at hand of driving a motor vehicle without distraction. It is very easy for a law enforcement officer to determine if a driver has been texting simply by performing a phone records check from the computer in his car. Although it is a natural humanistic thought to think that we can successfully text and drive, there is no reason to justify why it should be legal. Each day there are more accidents, injuries and even deaths, caused by the distractions of our cell phones. Although it is very important that the United States takes action to unify and strictly enforce texting while driving laws, it is even more paramount that strong educational programs are made both available and mandatory to prospective drivers. Texting has become a since the early 2000s because of the popularity of.
People are careless and don't pay attention to the road in front of them and are paying more attention to a worthless text message. Stink-eye the dude in the fast lane juggling coffee and donuts. Reading or sending a text or email takes both eyes off of the road, your mind off the task of driving, and sometimes both hands off the wheel. The act went into law on November 1, 2015. There are commercials that tell people to quit smoking and people do it anyways. In addition to the ban on using handheld devices, all cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a school zone, in a construction zone, and all cell phone use is prohibited for novice drivers.