Pay attention to preventing driving distractions, fatalities
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 10, 2012 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
This year, there have been significant efforts made to encourage drivers to put down their phones behind the wheel. Connecticut state laws prohibit the use of any handheld device while driving, but unfortunately, too many drivers choose to ignore these laws. Despite the fact that distracted driving causes fatal car accidents, drivers continue to engage in the dangerous behavior
According to research, drivers who are distracted by texting behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. This statistic is troubling because the other people who are in these accidents may have done nothing wrong. They may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This is why it continues to concern people across Connecticut that drivers are taking these risks when the lives of other motorists are at stake.
Young drivers are especially vulnerable to the temptation to text, tweet or email while they are driving. In fact, teens text five times more than adults every single day. They may also be inexperienced behind the wheel and do not fully understand the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately, many of these novice drivers are learning the behavior from their parents who are setting a bad example by texting while they are driving even they know it's wrong.
Education and enforcement can only go so far in terms changing a driver's dangerous habits. One phone company has recently asked all Americans to take some accountability and pledge to stop texting behind the wheel. This pledge serves as a way to set an example for other drivers. Tucking your phone out of reach or turning it off behind the wheel are two small ways that a driver can stay safe and encourage those around them to do the same.
Sadly, there are some drivers who simply cannot wait to read a text or send a response. They think they can take their eyes off the road for several seconds without any consequence. However, they can end up running a stop sign, swerving into another lane or failing to stop for a pedestrian. Not only are these tragic accidents often fatal, but they are also preventable.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "FORUM: Texting, driving a terrible mix," Rodney Smith, Oct. 9, 2012
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