Electronic device use is becoming America's ultimate distraction, especially behind the wheel. And unfortunately, police officers often see firsthand the devastating results of distracted driving. From April 6 to April 10, 2017, law enforcement officers were out in force looking for distracted drivers and issuing tickets to anyone caught texting while driving as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” enforcement campaign.
Too many drivers ignore their responsibilities behind the wheel.
Everyone knows that texting while driving is distracting and dangerous, but people often ignore the risks and do it anyway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people were killed, and an estimated 391,000 more were injured, in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
People just are not getting the message. Even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to the AAA’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, motorists who stated they believed texting while driving is a problem went down from 96 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2015.
Never be embarrassed to do the right thing.
Speak out and remind your family and friends to never text and drive. Remember:
- No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it’s even worse to get pulled over and issued a ticket.
- When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting away your phone.
- Speak up: If your friends text while driving, ask them to stop.
- Listen to your passengers. If they catch you texting while driving and ask you to put your phone away, do so.
It is embarrassing – and costly – to have a law enforcement officer stop you and call you out for your dangerous behavior. But it is much worse to be responsible for causing injury or death to another human being.
To help raise awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving, Hupy and Abraham has distributed over 100,000 DNT TXT N DRV bumper stickers in our communities. This April, help us spread the word by clicking here to get your own free DNT TXT N DRV bumper sticker!In the event that you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is essential the other driver is held accountable. The experienced attorneys at Hupy and Abraham can help. Contact us at 800-800-5678, or you can start a live chat 24/7 at hupy.com.