U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. If you’re looking at your phone, you’re not looking at the road. Whether it’s a text or a call, it can wait. It’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others. The NHTSA recommends putting your phone on silent and putting it in the backseat or somewhere you won’t be tempted to check it. Parents are also encouraged to talk to their teens about how dangerous distracted driving is.
In California, it’s illegal to text behind the wheel. If busted, you could face a fine of up to $50, but some people don’t think that’s enough of a deterrent. Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, recently announced a bill that would add a point to a driver’s license for texting while driving. Many safety advocates think the current fine-only punishment isn’t tough enough on offenders.
At this time, you can get points on your license for a variety of traffic violations including reckless driving and at-fault crash convictions. It can impact your insurance rates and lead to license suspensions. If it gets passed, Assembly bill 47 would go into effect on January 1, 2021.
Distracted Driving by The Numbers
- In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in collisions involving distracted drivers.
- In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
- 3,166 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017.
- During the day, approximately 481,000 people are using cell phones behind the wheel.
- Cell phone use is highest among 16-24 year olds.
Distracted Driving Accidents Caused by Texting
It’s important to note that texting isn’t the only type of distraction behind the wheel. Any type of action that takes a driver’s hands, eyes or mind off of the task of driving is a distraction. After any type of accident involving a suspected distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.