www.nhtsa.gov is a website maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation. They, like many others, are concerned about the increasing number of distracted drivers on our nation's roadways. The USDOT believes that distracted driving is "a serious, life-threatening practice" and have vowed not to rest until they have stopped it.
The site is easily accessible to those in both the private and public sectors. This means that average citizens, such as yourself along with advocacy groups and state DOT's, can benefit from the information provided here. Listed below you will find some of the key information provided on the website.
- Stats and Facts
Here you will find both facts and statistics that relate to distracted driving. Some of the topics discussed on this page include the three types of distraction, the use of electronic devices when driving and a list of distracting activities. Statistics listed here include the fact that in 2008, almost 20% of all crashes involved some type of distraction.
- State Laws - Laws by state as they relate to distracted driving are listed here.
In Wisconsin, there is just one law banning texting for all drivers. This is a primary law that went into effect in December 2010.
Illinois has enacted more distracted driving laws. Laws in this state include a ban on all cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers, a ban on texting for all drivers and a ban on the use of cell phones while driving in a school or highway construction zone.
As experienced personal injury lawyers in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, Hupy and Abraham have seen too many drivers and riders injured, even killed, by a distracted driver. We hope that the above information will give you the tools you need to prevent distracted driving in your family and across your community.
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