Avoidable Accidents Prompt Calls for New Distracted Driving Laws

Sep 30

Girl talking on phone while driving

We all know that drunk driving is one of the leading causes of avoidable accidents in the world. However, distracted driving can be just as bad, if not worse. Talking on a cell phone while driving, even using a hands-free device, can cause you to drive just as bad as if you were drunk. That’s not even getting started on the dangers of texting and driving, which is arguably one of the worst things you could do behind the wheel. Once a relative rarity, more and more states are enacting laws against distracted driving. Maryland is set to be the next.

The Jake Owen Story–A Distracted Driving Tragedy

Driving and talking on your cell phone at the same time will become a primary offense in Maryland on October 1st. A primary offense is one which an officer can pull you over for on its own merit, without needing another reason. This law was Pushed Forward by the parents of 5-year-old Jake Owen who was killed two years ago after his parents’ car was rear-ended by a 23-year-old driver who was talking on his cell phone.

The driver didn’t even put on his brakes before he plowed into the car Jake’s parents were driving a few days after Christmas in 2011. He hit them at more than 60 mph. Jake and his sibling were sitting in the back seat and received the brunt of the force of the collision.

New Distracted Driving Penalty in Maryland

The new distracted driving law will fine drivers $100 if they are pulled over for driving while using a cell phone. Jake’s family would like to see the penalties be a little bit tougher. Jake’s mother, in particular, wants distracted driving classified as the same type of offense as drunk driving. Both of Jake’s parents want texting while driving included in this class of offenses, as well.

Keeping Teens Safe from Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is undoubtedly a problem, particularly among teens who think they are invincible and that laws against talking or texting and driving are there just to keep them from having fun. They don’t realize the dangers. More than 3,000 people were killed by distracted driving in 2011, many of them teens. Distracted driver awareness training is something all new teen drivers need and TeenDriverEducation.com can help make this lesson understandable, fun, and permanent.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for Sharing! The dangers of using a cell phone while driving are very well documented. We have all seen what can happen when a distracted driver loses focus for even a second. In some states, talking on your cell phone while driving is actually banned. It is highly recommended that you use a hands free device which consists of a bracket to hold your phone and a microphone so you can simply speak freely in your car and your phone will pick it up. Actually Everyone should follow and maintain the laws and regulations of driving. Then we will be safe. :D

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