Spreading awareness about the dangers of distracted driving is one matter; practicing safety while driving is another one entirely. Countless Georgia residents can admit to driving distracted at least once in their lives; most would not think twice about sending a quick text while stopped at a red light. The statistics, however, shed light on inherent dangers of this driving habit, and reveal that they are not as risk-free as some might assume.
Distracted driving is a phrase most Georgia drivers are familiar with, especially with today's increasingly accessible technology in cars. With smart phone holders, USB chargers and dash cams being some of the hottest commodities in today's market, it is easy to see how some drivers could get carried away with the gadgets and spend minimal attention toward an aspect of driving that they should be aware of most: the road. Are these new technologies really that dangerous, and, if so, are there specific ones to watch out for?
Many decades ago, residents in Georgia began hearing a lot about the dangers of drunk driving thanks to the public advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others like it that have since been formed. Today, society faces yet another serious risk on the roads that has yet to receive the level of scrutiny that drunk driving has. That risk is distracted driving. Sadly it appears that it requires more people to keep dying before something is done about this growing threat.
Every year automotive manufacturers release new models of their vehicles and sometimes even new vehicles altogether that drivers in Georgia and around the nation often eagerly await. These new vehicle introductions may offer improvements on prior years' models in many categories including safety. Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and many of these innovations offer the opportunity for vehicles to become safer. Sadly, as vehicle safety may be improving, more people are dying on Georgia's roads.
If you have been driving in Georgia over the past several years, you have likely heard people talk about distracted driving. Certainly this action seems to center around the use of cell phones when behind the wheel and specifically sending or receiving text messages while driving. Many groups have conducted research that shows this type of behavior puts innocent lives at risk. This is why the state of Georgia has clear distracted driving laws. But, are those laws tough enough?
Georgia residents who put their children in the safety of school administrators and employees should always know they are safe. This includes knowing that kids are safe when riding on a school bus to and from school or to and from school activities like field trips or extracurricular events. Sadly, crashes involving school buses can happen at any time and many things may be involved in the circumstances.
In today's exciting technological era, new gadgets are quickly replaced by newer ones. With more accuracy, higher speeds and the appeal of connectivity, it comes as no surprise that technology dominates many areas of life. Yet by the same token, there are just as many concerns as there are praises. One of those concerns is the issue of distractedness. While Georgia officials worry over the climbing number of accidents due to cell phone use, could the real distraction be car gadgets themselves?
Georgia residents who are concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones on the road have reason to worry. Even as automobile manufacturers continue to improve the safety features included in new vehicles, including collision prevention features, many innocent people are killed in car accidents every year.
Distracted driving in Georgia and throughout the U.S. has been in the spotlight for several years, and most drivers are aware that cellphone use while driving creates a hazard. Many states have banned texting while driving, and Georgia is one of them. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the state bans texting among all drivers, as well as cellphone use by teen drivers.
When you think about drivers in Marietta who are distracted, you probably automatically think about cell phones and other electronic devies as being the cause. However, food and drink are also huge sources of distraction behind the wheel. At Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLP, we know how serious crashes caused by distracted drivers can be.