It Can Wait
Driving safely can be a challenge even when a driver is paying attention to the road and to other potential hazards. Add even one distraction to the mix and the chances of crashing rise dramatically.
Anything that takes a driverâ€™s eyes off the road is a distraction. No amount of text messaging, status updating, eating, reading, music changing, or makeup applying is worth your life: It can wait. You might let your eyes wander for only a moment, but thatâ€™s all it takes to cause a tragic crash.
Distraction as a factor in vehicle crashes is difficult to determine. Therefore distraction-related crash statistics are believed to be significantly underestimated.
Itâ€™s a Law Not a Suggestion
- Distracted drivers, including texting drivers, can be cited for careless driving with fines starting at $100.50 and may have their license suspended. In addition, drivers may be cited for all other infractions incurred due to distracted driving, including vehicular homicide if a death occurs.
- It is illegal for a minor toÂ text orÂ use anÂ electronic communication/entertainment device while driving.
- It is illegal for an adult to text while driving.Â
- Itâ€™s still considered texting while driving while stopped at a red light.
- Commercial motor vehicle operators may be fined up to $2,750 if using communication/entertainment devices while driving.
- For teen drivers, the ban on all electronic communication and entertainment devices while driving, handheld or hands-free, is a primary law, meaning a law enforcement officer may stop a vehicle solely on this violation.
- A teen who is convicted of texting or using a communication/entertainment device while driving will incur a 30-day driver’s license suspension and the clock will restart on the crash-free and moving traffic violation-free period necessary to go to the next graduated driverâ€™s license level.
Distractions Come in Many Forms
It doesnâ€™t take much to distract a driver. Even the simplest of tasks, both legal and illegal, can lead to loss of control of a vehicle.Â
Technology and Cars Donâ€™t Mix
Technology today provides us with quick, portable access to information. It helps us work more efficiently, but can also create additional distractions that may take ourÂ focus off the road. The most alarming of these distractions is talking or texting while driving. These actions require a combination of visual, manual, and cognitive attention from a driver. Because of this, the likelihood of a crash increases drasticallyÂ when you drive while usingÂ aÂ hand-held phone. Donâ€™t risk it! Focus on the road.