We all have the impulse to do something extra while in operation of a motor vehicle. Whether it is chatting on the cellphone, changing the radio station, eating, and the most infamous activity, texting, as you look to your left and right there is a high likelihood that your neighboring motorist is doing one of the four. These activities are as common as using a signal light, but they are the most dangerous acts you can engage in while driving. Specifically talking and/or texting on your cellular device, which diminishes your ability to stay alert, while leading to cognitive strain that lessens your concentration on the most important part of driving, FOCUSING ON THE ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU! Many states have proposed new laws that will ban texting/talking on handheld devices while driving. The belief is that stricter guidelines concerning the matter, such as bans, will deter those who text/talk while driving. However, it has been reported that in four states where the bans took effect accidents increased compared to those states who did not implement a ban. The likely reason is because humans are creatures of habit and with the dependency on cell phones and other gadgets, those motorists will continue to use them by doing so in a concealed effort. The attempt to hide the use increases danger because now the driver not only has to focus on the road, but they must look out for law enforcement, and “hit the like button on Facebook.”
The State of Georgia proposed texting/talking bans back in 2010 after studies conducted from previous years showed that 80 percent of the crashes and accidents were a result of inattentiveness or distracted driving. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that those who regularly engage in the act of texting or talking on cellphones while driving increase their likelihood of being involved in an accident.
- The VTTI and NHTSA report was based on conduct of 241 motorists who participated in the study for one year, two million miles, and forty-two thousand hours of activity.
- 0ut of the 100 vehicles that were studied there were 82 crashes, 761 “almost” accidents, and 8,296 critical accidents
- 35 percent of Atlanta drivers admit to talking on the phone regularly while driving
- At the present there are no handheld cellphone bans for regular motorists who talk on their phones, however there is a strict ban for texting while driving.
- Bus Drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones for talking or texting.
- Novice drivers or those under the age of 18 are prohibited from using handheld cell phones for talking or texting.
The act of texting/talking and driving has become for normalized for our society that we often forget the potential risk that we place ourselves in. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and not only use your eyes drive for yourself, but for those around you who may travel the road in a negligent and unsafe manner. If you have been a victim of an unsafe motorist or you have been charged with a “texting while driving” offense, please call the reputable attorneys at Angell Law Firm. We will assure you that each and every case is taken on with precision and care. Conveniently located in the Downtown Atlanta area, we serve all surrounding cities as well. Offering free consultations daily, do not hesitate to call!