In Georgia and across the nation, one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road involves distraction. This can involve eating, changing the radio, interacting with passengers and other activities that have been a challenge for decades. In recent years, however, distracted driving has exponentially increased with the use of cellphones. These devices keep people plugged in 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be an irresistible temptation even when driving. With motor vehicle wrecks still happening because of distracted driving despite laws to stop it, there is a push for greater adherence to the law as it is written, especially by law enforcement.
Lawmakers plan to revisit distracted driving law
Lawmakers in Georgia passed a law in 2018 that outlawed touching cellphones when behind the wheel. Still, there were ways for drivers to get around a summons. Now, there is a movement to ensure drivers are punished based on the law. The law currently gives drivers an outlet to avoid being fined if they prove to a judge that they bought a hands-free device. After the law was initially passed in July 2018, law enforcement immediately gave 179 citations in the first five days. They issued nearly 800 warnings in lieu of citations.
Other safety violations like failing to wear a seatbelt or not properly restraining a child were cited with greater zeal as more than 60% were ticketed for each. Speeding drivers were ticketed nearly half the time they were stopped. In distracted driving traffic stops, 36% of the more than 67,300 stops led to a ticket. Sixty-four percent were warned. The objective with distracted driving citations is to make the roads safer. In 2019, there was a reduction in road deaths after auto wrecks. In 2020, there was a record high in fatalities.
Having professional advice is essential after an auto wreck
Auto wrecks cause catastrophic injuries and end lives every day. Enormous medical costs, lost income and dramatically changed lifestyles come about due to these collisions. Frequently, it is because of a distracted driver. With the state passing a distracted driving law with great fanfare and subsequently watering down its enforcement and consequences, it continues to put drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians in jeopardy.
After motor vehicle wrecks, it is imperative to know how and why it happened. Evidence of distracted driving could be crucial to a successful legal filing for compensation. Regardless of the cause and its aftermath, those who suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one should be cognizant of how to pursue compensation. Consulting with experienced legal professionals can provide guidance and help with moving forward.