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Current Distracted Driving Laws

In 2008, distracted
driving was responsible for 6,000 car accidents that resulted in deaths plus an
additional 500,000 injuries
.

Cell Phones Cause
Distracted Driving

?? A driver talking on a cell phone is as impaired
as a driver with a .08 blood-alcohol level; the legal limit in most states.

?? A driver who is texting is as impaired as a
driver with a .16 blood-alcohol level!

?? Drivers talking on cell phones have slower
reaction times. Tests have shown that drivers talking on cell phones hit the
brakes half a second slower in an emergency and miss more than half the visual cues
seen by drivers who are giving their full attention to the road.

Distracted Driving
Defined

Distracted driving is
defined as driving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving such as texting or talking on a cell phone, applying
makeup, eating, etc.

As the dangers of distracted driving became more and more
clear, states began to fund awareness campaigns such as online
videos
of real-life family tragedies resulting from distracted driving and add
laws to make it easier for police officers to pull drivers over and issue
tickets.

Cell Phone Usage Laws
in Washington State

Washington State has a hands-free driving law: talking or
sending text messages while holding a wireless device is a primary offence and
comes with a $124 fine. A primary offense means that if a police officer sees
someone holding a phone, they can pull the person over and issue a ticket without
a separate traffic offense such as speeding. New drivers with learning permits
or intermediate licenses can’t use wireless devices at all except in emergencies.

A report
issued by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association
in September 2015, assembles
a list of current distracted driving laws across the United States:

Hand-Held Cell Phone Laws

Four-teen states plus D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while
driving. All are primary enforcement laws.

All Cell Phone Use Laws

No state currently bans all cell phone use for all drivers but
38 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers, and 20 states and
D.C. prohibit it for school bus drivers.

Text Messaging bans

In 2007, Washington was the first state to pass a texting ban.
Currently, 46 states plus D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
ban text messaging for all drivers. All but five of these states have primary
enforcement on their texting ban. Of the four states without an all driver
texting ban, two prohibit text messaging by novice drivers and one restricts
school bus drivers from texting.

Data on distracted driving is collected as part of crash
data collection in almost every state. Each state has its own variation on the
specific data it collects. The Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC)
guideline provides best practices on distraction data collection.

If you or a family member was injured in a distracted
driving car accident you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer
who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
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