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Daytona Beach Lawyers and Distracted Driving

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:05AM


     

     Distracted driving due to cell phone use continues to endanger millions ofU.S.drivers every day, but there hasn’t been much action against it, so far.

     Daytona Beach lawyers note that in 2010, there were 3,092 national fatalities caused by drivers talking or texting on cell phones, according to the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Interestingly, this was the first year the administration broke out texting and talking on cell phones as a separate category.

     Several states, including Florida, still haven’t taken any action to curb distracted driving. In some states drivers face no repercussions if they are caught talking or texting on a cell phone.

     But not in New York, which enacted a tough anti-distracted driving law last summer. From the time the law went into effect on July 12 until mid-September, the number of tickets issued for distracted driving jumped 43 percent statewide and 73 percent outside of New York City, compared to the same time period of 2010. In Dutchess County, where Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is located, the number of tickets rose from 31 to 138 in a 3-month period in 2010.

     An attorney quoted in the article noted texting while driving is a bad decision for a driver, who could cause an accident that might injure or kill someone. In New York, such a driver could face civil liability and criminal charges.

     There are at least six pending bills that address distracted driving, set for consideration during the 2012 Florida legislative session, which begins Jan. 12, according to the website handsfreeinfo.com. In 2011, the Legislature did nothing on distracted driving.  It is uncertain if Gov. Rick Scott supports any bill to ban handheld cell phones while driving. He vetoed the only piece of legislation passed last year that remotely touched the subject and that bill only provided for education.

     Daytona Beach lawyers expect distracted driving legislation to keep coming back until it is eventually approved.   In our judgment such legislation is sorely needed.

     If you are injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you can consult with the Daytona Beach lawyers of Florida-based law firm Seitz & Tresher about your rights.


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