Texting While Driving Prevails Even In States Where Its Illegal

How many lives must be lost over a distracted driver too busy typing a text message to really pay attention to the road and other drivers? Seems our fast paced society doesn’t allow for an uninterrupted, totally focused drive wherein the “smart” phone is used just for talking rather than texting or emailing. As the use of smart phones grows with each passing day, so too does the threat to the safety of those who continue this dangerous practice and endangers those who be driving next to or near someone who is doing it, thus, “driver beware!”

One Nebraska teen told her story before legislators in hopes of strengthening enforcement of these laws which is an issue. The hope is that more severe penalties would be threatened to those who violate the laws in an effort to thwart this dangerous form of distracted driving and save lives of drivers of all ages.

Stronger Texting and Driving Law Enforcement Needed

Traffic Bad in Atlanta Georgia But Predictable Now Due to New Technology

Drivers seem to have adjusted to the traffic congestion problem when driving in and around Atlanta Georgia. According to the most recent report from Urban Mobility, one of the nation’s leading providers of traffic studies, Atlanta traffic delays tend to be more consistent and predictable than those in other large cities. The report also states that the reliability of the data provided has become increasingly better due to “cutting edge traffic technology and management” including “Georgia Navigator” an online service that driver’s can use to map their intended destination and receive an approximate total time it will take to get there.

Atlanta Georgia’s traffic is still considered the 7th worst in the nation but at least its getting to a point where any delays can be mapped out in advance and there is a certain predictability point that can prevent unexpected late arrivals.

Have you used Georgia Navigator to map out your travels and have you found it useful?

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Read the article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Speeding Ticket Lands “Victim” In Darien County Court

Seems its more difficult to stay within the speed limit almost anywhere nowadays. Is it that cars are made to drive faster, we are less patient, or perhaps that we have so many things on our mind at any given time that keeping an eye on the speedometer has become less important?

More accurate tracking of a driver’s actual speed at the time they are caught speeding is possible with the laser gun, yet the majority of driver’s are genuinely surprised when pulled over once they are informed by a uniformed traffic officer of their “clocked” speed.

A recent article from ConnectSavannah.com details one driver’s experience from being pulled over through her visit to traffic court. Makes for interesting reading and maybe a lesson learned.

Read the article.

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Florida Drivers Most Likely to Get Speeding Tickets

According to a recent report by CarInsuranceQuotes.com Florida drivers have the “need for speed” and are more likely to get speeding tickets than drivers in other states. Georgia and Nevada are tied for the number 2 spot in most speeding tickets given out. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles disputes the validity of the study however, drivers in Florida are notorious for driving above the speed limit.

Florida issues just under one million speeding tickets last year. Somehow driver seem to forget that the reason speed limits are set is to prevent accidents and save lives though distracted driving and rushing to get from point A to point causes drivers to forget to keep an eye on the speedometer so as not to incur the fines, potential lost license and increased insurance rates that may go along with a speeding ticket.

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Distracted Driving -The “It Won’t Happen to Me Excuse”

According to a recent article in the News Observer in Blue Ridge GA, even though all texting while driving is prohibited in Georgia, there are those still willing to violate the new law and they can be seen frequently on the roads, holding the phone low in their laps attempting to drive and text in an even more compromising position. You may have even thought to yourself, “I am just going to take my eyes off the road for a second and sent a one word reply, it won’t happen to me!”

Guess again. According to Kansas City attorney Doug Horn, a national distracted driving expert, “Because of the severe force of impact, distracted drivers are potentially more deadly than drunk drivers, who, even with their slowed reaction time, sometimes manage to partially brake and lessen the impact of the collision.” And Horn adds that running red lights (or stop signs) at full speed, swerving into oncoming traffic and rear-ending stopped vehicles are the three types of behavior resulting from distracted driving that are causing the most severe injuries and fatalities.

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Though we tend to think teens and under 21 drivers  in GA are the major offenders, apparently many business men and women in older demographics are attempting to respond to emails and conduct business while behind the wheel. Its hard to break the cycle, especially if a parent is advocating young adults stop texting while driving, while continuing the ill fated practice.

Just stop. It can wait. Taking your eyes off the road to read ANYTHING is dangerous. The life you save may well be your own.



Georgia’s No Texting and Driving Law – Could It Have Dangerous Consequences?

As of August 31st, Ohio became the 39th state to officially ban texting while driving. For the next 6 months however, drivers caught texting while driving will only receive warnings. Georgia passed its no texting and driving law back in 2010, and police have issued some citations but is the law effective at doing what it is supposed to do? A survey done back in 2010 by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that in 2 out of 3 states with no texting and driving laws in place, accidents actually increased rather than decreased. The reason for this appears to be that drivers are now lowering their phones into their laps to read or send email, or text, meaning that their focus is taken even further off the road than before the laws were passed.

Key to issuing citations is the need for an officer to catch an offending driver in the act and that can be difficult. Drivers can offer to show their phones to the officer to prove they didn’t violate the law but most are not forthcoming and the office ends up issuing a warning for lack of evidence. It easy enough to stick your phone away when you get pulled over. What would it take to stop texting or any other distracted driving behavior that involves a mobile device? Its teenagers who tend to be the worst offenders but what would it take to stop this practice for our most vulnerable drivers, Georgia teen drivers, those with the least experience? Perhaps if the penalties were more severe and a teen could incur license suspension or very high fines it might help save lives.

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Georgia Texting and Driving Law Difficult to Enforce

Two years ago, Georgia enacted laws intended to stop drivers from texting while driving in an effort to stop the practice before any additional lives were lost. The reality of the matter is that though the law was proactive and Georgia was one of the first states in the country to actually do something about stopping this dangerous practice, enforcing the law is not easy. Since the law states its illegal to “operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to, a text message, instant message, email or Internet data”, basically any action with the phone other than hands free phone calling is prohibited.

But why have so few citations been issued to date?

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States Where You Are Most Likely To Get a Speeding Ticket

A recent USA Today article provided a list of the top 10 cities and top 5 states across the U.S. where, according to ticket related search queries found in google, you are most likely to get a speeding ticket. The article calls out the top 5 speeding ticket giving states as Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Maryland and the following cities specifically;

1. Atlanta, GA
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
4. Miami, FL
5. New York, NY
6. Chicago, IL
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Houston, TX
9. Orlando, FL
10. San Diego, CA

Read the article in USA Today.

Or if you were unlucky enough to get a speeding ticket or traffic ticket in Atlanta Georgia or any other city in Georgia visit the GA traffic lawyer’s website.

Texting While Driving Laws

After a multitude of horrifying crashes caused by distracted drivers specifically sending or receiving text messages, 38 states now have laws in place that ban all texting while driving, and will ticket an offender for a moving violation if caught in the act, whereas 10 states ban cellphone use altogether and will issue ticket for drivers caught with a phone in hand.

Visit the link below to see which states have enacted laws to protect driver’s both young and old from distracted driving due to texting.

Latest cell phone and texting laws update.

Proposed Bill Would Punish Adults Driving Drunk with Children

Adults found guilty of DUI with children in the car have been prosecuted for a misdemeanor under current laws, however a proposed bill would make the offense a felony punishable by jail time. Read the story now.