States Consider New Distracted Driving Laws

Posted on : August 23, 2017
new distracted driving laws target unfocused drivers


Have you ever looked away from the road when driving, even if it was just for a few seconds? If so, you’re guilty of distracted driving. Looking away, even just for a couple of seconds, is enough to lose your focus from the road and cause a serious accident. Most people overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel, and it can end up costing them significantly if they cause a crash. Distracted driving laws are on the rise because of so many accidents that have led to injuries or fatalities. 

Many legislators and advocates are pushing for tougher laws around distracted driving in order to curb this behavior, since many current laws and educational campaigns have not decreased the rampant distracted behavior most drivers admit to engaging in on a regular basis.

Distracted driving has been on the rise in recent years and legislators have come together to put in place numerous laws designed to curb this behavior. Drivers in Washington, as one example, will have to put down their cellphones according to a new law that went into effect at the end of July.

The new law in Washington is geared towards discouraging distracted driving and closes loopholes against making calls and it even prohibits someone from holding a personal electronic device while stopped in traffic. The law goes even further to prohibit applying makeup or eating while driving. According to research from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving was involved in more than 3,000 deaths in 2014.

Oregon will also have a hands-free driving law that goes into effect October 1st. A texting ban was first put in place by Washington 10 years ago and they were the first state to pass such a ban. This may serve as a model for other states to help curb distracted driving behavior. If you or someone you know has recently been involved in an accident as a result of distracted driving, you need to consult with a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights and responsibilities. You may be eligible to recover compensation after consulting with an attorney.

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