Texting and Driving

by admin on December 3, 2010

Texting and Driving

The results of the new survey by Nationwide Insurance show there are varying degrees of support for different types of restrictions based on texting and other cellular phone / smart phone use while driving statistics:

8 in 10 drivers support some type of cell phone usage restriction
The majority of respondents say they are supportive of laws restricting any type of cell phone use while driving
80 percent of respondents support a ban on text messaging while driving
80 percent of respondents support a ban on e-mailing while driving
Two thirds (67 percent) of respondents say they are supportive of laws restricting phone calls while driving
Of those who supported enacting some type of cell phone usage restriction, nearly 3 in 4 believed the law should apply to all drivers, not just specific groups

The evidence continues to mount on the significant hazard that texting and driving has become and the impact to the driving and pedestrian population. The ongoing incidence of auto accidents involving serious injury and death where texting behind the wheel is a causal factor has legislatures, law enforcement agencies and the public focused on identifying a solution.

Because of the impacts the issue is receiving similar attention to that of the issue of driving under the influence. In fact, some studies relate distracted driving and its impact on reaction times to DUI. A study by the University of Utah determined that distraction from cell phone use (including texting) while driving extends a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Other research findings on this topic concluded:

The No.1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device. (Virginia Tech/NHTSA)
Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
10 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 years old are on their phone at any one time
Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent  (Carnegie Mellon)

According to a recent survey, 46% of 16- and 17-year-olds admit to text messaging while driving. That’s a frightening statistic, considering AAA found that the risk for a car accident increases by 50% for those who text while driving. Currently, six states have jurisdiction-wide bans on driving while talking on a handheld cell phone, which includes text messaging, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Overall, 18 other states have a texting ban and many other states have introduced legislation to ban this dangerous practice. In fact, a recent survey found 89% of Americans want texting while driving outlawed.

About the Author:
If you have been injured by a driver who was texting at the time of the accident and live in the Gadsden or Birmingham area or anywhere in Alabama, please visit the web site of The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C. today to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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