One the most dangerous threats on the road is drivers who are distracted by being on their cell phones. Put those cells phones away. Do not text and drive. The consequences could be deadly. You need to be alert and paying attention to the road and your surroundings. If you are in an accident due to texting and driving, you will have a hefty price tag to pay; not to mention a legal mess, injuries, damages, and even death. The following facts paint the picture of how serious it is for every driver to practice driving safety:
- According to Washington Department of Transportation, 6,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2008 alone
- A driver who is talking on a cell phone is just as impaired, if not more, as a driver who is under the influence of alcohol
- Drivers talking on a cell phone are slower to hit the brakes and are not alert to what’s going on around them
Did you know that Washington State has a hands-free law?
- If law enforcement sees you on your phone. they can pull you over and give you a ticket
- Being pulled over for using a cell phone is a traffic infraction and carries a fine of $124 for a first-time offence
- If you need to be able to make and receive calls while driving, drivers can use a hands-free device. Such options are Bluetooth, speaker phone, installed car kits, etc.
- Instruction permit holders and people with an intermediate licenses are banned from cell phone use unless there is an emergency situation
According to CNN Money, there were more than 18,600 motor vehicle deaths from the first half of this year (2015), compared to 16,400 deaths in the first six months of 2014
Be Responsible. Save a Life; Don’t Text and Drive.
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