Distracted driving has become the focus of various public safety campaigns as more and more people become aware of the dangers, particularly of using a cellphone while behind the wheel. There have been various efforts at trying to curb distracted driving, particularly among car companies and cellphone companies trying to make devices less prone to misuse. For example, one program disabled applications when the device is traveling at a certain speed, which is effective for drivers but may not be helpful if you are a passenger in a car.
While these innovations are certainly helpful in the fight to curb distracted driving and prevent injuries and fatalities, the Governors Highway Association has now stated that they believe the focus should be on public education and deterring the drivers themselves.
Distracted driving is often compared to drunk driving, which has been combatted with a combination of public awareness and strict laws.
One expert in the field said it may be helpful to encourage drivers to think of their time in the car the same way that we think of our time in an airplane – a set period of travel time during which calls cannot be made and texts cannot be written or read.
For people who have suffered from an injury or have lost a loved one in a distracted driving car accident, it can be incredibly frustrating to watch drivers text and make calls when their eyes should be on the road. The consequences of this negligent behavior are very real and can happen in an instant.
Those who have been injured by a driver using their cellphone have a right to seek compensation through a personal injury action.
Source: Huffington Post, “To Fix Distracted Driving, Experts Say Target The People, Not The Tech,” Bianca Bosker, Aug. 27, 2013.