According to a recent New York Times poll, about 97% of Americans want texting behind the wheel to be illegal. This number has risen significantly from 69% in 2001.
The study also shows that about half of Americans believe that texting while driving should be punished as, if not more, harshly as drunken driving. Many believe that people texting while driving create as much of a risk to other drivers as someone who operates a vehicle while intoxicated.
80% of Americans also believe that talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving should be banned. However, 70% of people believe that using a hands-free cellphone should be acceptable, even though many studies have shown that using a hands-free cell phone does not eliminate risk.
In the past ten years, cellphones have become increasingly prevalent for drivers of all ages. This has significantly contributed to the rising number of automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. This data shows America’s growing concern for the problem of distracted driving. Our lawmakers are beginning to take notice and are discussing outlawing the practice.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident caused by distracted driving, Charleston accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas will work to help you recover the loses you deserve.
Source: The New York Times- “Many in U.S. Want Texting at the Wheel to Be Illegal”- November 2, 2009.