Many states have tried to reduce the incidence of distracted driving crashes by enacting more and tougher legislation. These accidents primarily result from using mobile phones and other types of electronic devices while driving.

 

Some Merit in these Arguments

 

In Georgia, fresh teen drivers are banned from using mobile phones when driving. Recently the state extended this enactment by banning all drivers from texting while driving. However, some people consider that these anti-mobile phone prohibitions are far from adequate. Cynics believe that the laws permits such a variety of hand-held communication devices to be used, that imposing a limitation on texting while driving will be difficult to enforce. These criticisms are vindicated since such legislation has not been extended to all drivers.

 

Controversial Issues

 

A fresh study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports these criticisms because the NHTSA reports an increase of fifty percent in texting while driving during the last year. Apparently almost twenty percent of the drivers asked admitted to texting when driving. This number escalates considerably with teen drivers. The study went on to state that the vast majority of drivers will answer a call on their mobile phone and continue talking while driving. Well, if they are stuck in traffic going 5 mph, what is wrong with this? But if they are going 45 mph on a busy street or 70 mph on the highway, that could be an issue. It could certainly be an issue if they are young drivers and do not know how to handle a vehicle that well yet.

 

A Majority

 

While the number of traffic deaths dropped by three percent in 2010, the number of deaths resulting from driving distractions increased considerably over the same year. In 2010, according to NHTSA figures, driving distractions accounted for 3,100 deaths. These numbers are cause for concern because while an increasing number of states are banning texting and driving, the new legislation appears to be having little to no impact. This ban exists currently in 35 states.

 

It still makes sense to pass these laws though because police can still write tickets because of it and it does give the non-guilty party something else to go by if they were hit by someone who was texting.

 

A Georgia Car Accident Lawyer

 

If you are a victim of an accident have suffered serious injury as a result of negligence by a distracted driver, call an auto accident attorney immediately. If the accident happens in Georgia you might just call an Atlanta injury lawyer, if in or near Atlanta of course.