Dangers of Driving Distracted
In 2015, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving was the cause of 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injured. This statistic is staggering considering that these numbers are preventable. Further statistics show that 8 people die every day as a result of a crash involving a distracted driver.
What is Distracted Driving?
Any action that causes a driver to not focus on driving. This includes not only texting, but talking on the phone, eating and drinking, talking to other passengers, even those helpful navigation systems can cause distractions. Everyone is a potential distracted driver, and that puts anyone in harm’s way. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians are all endangered when people allow themselves to be distracted while driving.
Consequences of Distracted Driving
- Texting and driving is considered a “Primary Law” in the state of Colorado and is prohibited.
- This means that a police officer has the right to pull a driver over and give them a ticket for texting and driving, even if that driver hasn’t committed any other violations.
- Bill SB17-027, introduced for the 2017 Colorado Legislature session
- Proposes stronger penalties for texting and operating a motor vehicle which would increase the fine as well as the points added to your driver’s license for said violation.
- Distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and others on the road; cyclists, pedestrians, and even pets.
- Public sentiment is increasingly supportive of laws that are against texting while driving and to hold drivers more accountable for their actions.
- While the public is more aware of the dangers, every person must still be vigilant in the fight to stop texting and driving as well as other forms of distracted driving.
When you are driving, remember to keep your eyes, senses, and thoughts on driving – lives may depend on it!
To find ways to stop distracted driving, please visit http://www.enddd.org/end-distracted-driving/.
If you or anyone you know has questions or needs information and/or legal advice on a case involving a distracted driver, please contact
Senior Partner at Evans Case, LLP