Distracted Driving & the Law

This time of year it seems that more and more cars are on the roadways, particularly on the weekends. College football, outdoor art shows – the beautiful weather has us on the go. And texting while driving is still deadly.
Texting while driving is among the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, tripling the risk of having a car accident. In spite of the fact that 40 states currently ban texting and driving, many people still text while behind the wheel.
Police say that it’s often difficult to detect, but law enforcement agencies are working harder than ever to change that. In many instances, state and federal agencies are providing funding to implement programs that will aid law enforcement in cracking down on texting drivers.
In Alabama and Tennessee, authorities are using big-rig drivers to help them catch you texting while driving. They have a bird’s-eye view of what drivers may be doing. When they spot a driver texting, they radio ahead to a state trooper who will pull over that driver. It’s a scary thing to look over to see another driver looking down at his or her cell phone instead of the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission is working with towns nationwide to experiment with various high-visibility enforcement measures.
Spotters stand where they can clearly see vehicles passing, such as at intersections, stop signs and traffic lights. The spotters may then report the unlawful texting to an officer who will issue the citation.
Police officers also may use your phone records to determine whether you were texting in the case of a car accident. It is not something they often do, but if the crash is serious enough, with injuries, police may subpoena phone records to help determine who is at fault.
As you head for the game, or to take the children to the fall carnival, leave your phone in your purse or pocket. Don’t be a distracted driver; don’t put yours or others’ lives at risk.

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