During his annual State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear said that “no-phone zones” would prohibit motorists from talking on phones while driving. Governor Beshear suggests “no-phone zones” align with the state’s booster seat regulations but with more federal recommendations. He added that this idea deserves consideration, given the vulnerability of schoolchildren and construction workers who cross busy roads on a regular basis.
"No-phone zones" and other cell phone laws in Kentucky
This idea of “no-phone zones” could be one way to eliminate distracted drivers. This is not the first time that Governor Beshear took a stand against texting and driving. Several measures were already taken in Kentucky to increase highway safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on the roadways. In 2010, the “No Texting While Driving” law was enacted. This law did not allow anyone to send text messages while driving. In 2012, Governor Beshear, together with public safety and business leaders, announced a campaign to encourage Kentuckians to pledge to not text while driving.
It’s true that our phones have made communication with our loved ones easier and faster. It has also been a useful tool for many of us. However, it has become a big distraction for drivers. Let’s look at the following statistics:
- People who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get involved in an accident than people who are focusing on the roadways.
- In 2010, “distraction” was reported as being a factor in nearly one in five crashes in which someone was injured.
- In 2011, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
- In 2012, there were over 61,000 crashes where distracted driving was a contributing factor. From this figure, more than 14,500 were injured and 174 were killed.
- Each day, more than nine people are killed and 1,060 more are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I am fully aware of the dangers of using a cell phone on the road. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a distracted driver, it is best to seek medical assistance immediately. You want to get treatment for any injuries you may have received. If you feel that legal action is necessary, then contact a personal injury attorney. They will guide you through your case and let you know what your options are.