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The Dangers of Distracted Driving


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9/24/2012
Michael A
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One in three American drivers have admitted to texting while driving. This is not very surprising in this day and age. Americans don’t just use their phones for making phone calls anymore. They use them for an array of things such as: text messaging, social networking, checking e-mails and browsing the web. The only problem with this is people are doing it while they are driving.

People who text and drive are 23 times more likely to have an accident then people who are not distracted while driving. In a test setting, it was shown that drunk drivers have faster response times then drivers who were reading and sending text messages.

So, how do we put a stop to this dangerous activity that has been occurring on the roads? 39 states have a distracted driving law. 11 still do not. Hopefully, this will change in the near future. The FCC is leading by example on their stand against texting and driving. It is an official agency policy to prohibit employees from texting and driving while on the job, and when they are using government vehicles.

Wireless carriers, software developers and car manufacturers have been developing tools and applications that make a difference in the safety of distracted driving. Many phone applications have been made to turn off the call and text message setting. There are also many phones that have voice commands you can use while driving instead of having to use the keyboard. Quite a few new vehicles have the hands free Bluetooth setting in their car where they can keep both hands on the wheel and talk through their vehicle’s speaker system.

Related: Prevent Distracted Driving Among Teen Drivers With Apps

It is no lie that something needs to be done about distracted driving. In the mean time, we can all do our part to educate and eliminate the different forms of distracted driving as much as possible. The Schafer Law Office is doing their part, are you?



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1 Comments to "The Dangers of Distracted Driving"

Distraction is involved in more than 80% of crashes in the US! Distracted drivier is 23.2 times more likely to cause an accidents and this is scary.
Posted by 855winthecase on November 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

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