Law Enforcement Cracks Down in Honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Law enforcement has their own way of honoring Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Coming this April, the five-year anniversary of the law that prohibits motorist from using their phone while driving, California policemen will be increasing the amount of tickets they issue. Calling it a “blitz of California freeways”, this plan aims to increase the dying awareness of the issue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council, 1.3 million crashes a year are caused by distracted drivers with death rates of almost 3,300. Even with the law being in place for five years, its the mindset of drivers that inhibits its effectiveness.
Christ Cochran, spokesman for the California office of Traffic Safety, states, “Studies show that 90 percent of drivers think they can drive better than everyone else — everyone thinks they’re special.”
In 2012, California policemen issued over 400,000 distracted driving citations. This 31 percent jump from 2009 shows that this problem is as prominent as ever.
As of now, the distracted driving law states that drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to use hands-free devices with drivers under the age of 18 banned from devices all together while driving. If they are caught breaking this law, that driver shall pay a $159 fine for their first offense and a $279 fine for the second.
However, in a continued effort to limit this fatal driving habit, lawmakers are proposing to make the penalites even harsher on distracted drivers. Companies have also stepped forward to further try and restrict the temptation one has to their phone while driving. One company has created a “Dock-N-Lock” device that only allows the vehicle to start once a mobile phone is docked into the dashboard.
In any event, the fact is that the real burden of safety lies with the drivers. No matter how much enforcement is placed on protecting the roads from distracted driving, unless the driver chooses to not use their phone, there is no complete way of ending the issue.
With such being the case, prepare yourself for the worst and procure an attorney skilled in how to react to resulting tragedies and limiting their effects. This can be the difference between financial hardship and comfort.