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California takes action to reduce the number of distracted driving fatalities

So far this year, over one million automobile accidents have occurred across America involving distracted drivers as reported by the National Safety Council.
 
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    January 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- California takes action to reduce the number of distracted driving fatalities

California takes action to reduce the number of distracted driving fatalities

While cellphones once belonged only to an elite few, it is now commonplace for many Americans to own one. California is no exception. In fact, at any given time, approximately 660,000 U.S. drivers are using their cellphones while driving according to the United States Department of Transportation. This has led to over 421,000 injuries due to distracted driving and over 3,300 fatalities in 2012, as reported by Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website dedicated to distracted driving.

So far this year, over one million automobile accidents have occurred across America involving distracted drivers as reported by the National Safety Council. With all of these alarming statistics, many states are enacting strict policies to ensure the safety of their residents and to cut down the number of auto accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Distracted driving defined

Any activity that takes the drivers focus away from operating the vehicle and focusing on the road is referred to as distracted driving. Although the number one cause of distracted driving is talking or texting while driving, there are other forms of distraction that drivers should be aware of, including:
-Talking to other passengers in the car.
-Adjusting the radio, CD player or entertainment system while driving.
-Reaching for something that has dropped on the floor.
-Attending to children.
-Reading maps or other items.
-Programming a GPS navigational system.
-Eating and drinking.

You can organize your car in preparation for your drive before you hit the road in order to prevent distractions. Try to keep your cellphone out of reach while driving. If you must have access to your phone, use a hands free mobile device while driving. Talk to your family and friends about the dangers of using a cellphone while driving.

Taking action

In order to reduce the number of fatalities caused by distracted driving, California is taking action. Strict cellphone laws have been enacted banning handheld cellphone use and texting for all drivers. Bus drivers and beginning drivers are also restricted from using hands free devices while driving.

The California Office of Traffic Safety launched the "its' Not Worth it" campaign in an attempt to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The fine for operating a vehicle while talking or texting on a mobile device was increased in 2013 to $159. Drivers pulled over a second time for talking or texting may receive a fine of $300, and a third offense will cost a whopping $500. California officials are simply not playing around when it comes to taking distracted drivers off of the road.

The nation follows suit

California isn't the only state in the nation putting a stop to distracted driving. Twelve states have enacted legislation prohibiting all drivers from texting or talking on cellphones while driving according to the National Conference of State Legislation. Even more states have banned texting for drivers of all ages. With the overwhelming evidence proving the dangers of distracted driving, many states have taken action to protect their residents from these dangers.

Those who have fallen victim to a car accident involving a distracted driver should seek the help of a reputable personal injury attorney. Not only will bringing the accident to light warn others against the dangers of distracted driving, but you will be able to get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, property damage and pain and suffering.

Article provided by The Kreeger Law Firm
Visit us at www.kreegerlaw.com



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