Top Reasons Why Should Never Text And Drive
In 46 states of the United States of America, texting and driving is illegal. If caught texting while driving, you can be subject to hefty fines and probation. If you were involved in an accident because of texting while driving, then you can even be imprisoned especially if deaths resulted to the accident you have caused. Texting while driving is not only dangerous but the results can be catastrophic.
According to statistics, at any time of the day, there are more than 660,000 drivers who are fiddling with their phones while they are behind the wheel. About 1.6 million car accidents are caused by the use of cell phones while driving and 1 in every 4 car accidents are because of the use of cell phones while on the road, driving. According to statistics, it also the teenagers and young adults who are most guilty of using their phones while driving.
The invention of mobile phones and eventually, smart phones are a gift to humanity. It makes communication better and faster and it just makes life so much easier. However, even the best inventions have to be used properly at the proper venue. According to studies, driving and texting or using your phones distracts the driver from concentrating on the road. It allows you to lose focus by not looking at the road, taking your hand(s) off the wheel and your mind off the fact that you are driving. Even a few seconds on a cell phone can be enough to cause accident. Remember, when you are on the road, you do not have control over other people’s car, but you can control your car. Quick decision making ability is enough to save you, your passenger, or a pedestrian from being in an accident. When you are on the phone while driving, you lose the ability to make these quick decisions because you are not focused. So if you are one of those people who can’t keep their hands, eyes and mind off their phones while driving – it is better to stop now.
As previously mentioned, texting and driving is illegal in 46 states, but more and more cities, counties and municipalities have adopted a “distracted driving” law and impose punishments for those who are caught fiddling with their phones while driving. Some of the consequences are:
- Traffic tickets – In California, law enforcement officers can slap you with a ticket and fines for up to $300 for the first offense if caught texting while driving. That’s a lot of money.
- Points for the offender’s drivers license – In some states, they use point systems to keep track of the offenses of a driver. In these states, every time you are caught texting and driving is an additional point. Multiple offenses can result to suspended or revoked driver’s license.
- Increased insurance payments – Insurance companies also impose penalties to irresponsible drivers by increasing their premiums for every time they are caught driving while texting. They can monitor your offenses because the government allows them to view your records.
- Criminal charges – For multiple offenders, especially when people’s lives were put in danger during an incident when you are caught texting while driving, you can be charged with a misdemeanor offense. It can result to jail sentence along with fines and license suspension or revocation.
This article is provided by Timothy J .Ryan & Associates Law Office.