Distracted Driver Caused Tragic Douglasville Collision, Georgia (GA)
DOUGLASVILLE, GA- Patch.com writes that a driver caused a fatal crash in Georgia because he was focusing his attention on his phone instead of the road ahead. The man is now facing charges for vehicular homicide.*
The motorist, identified as a twenty-year-old man, was looking at his phone when he drifted into the opposite traveling lanes of traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The woman in the other car, identified as a 22-year-old from Lithia Springs, was killed in the impact. The victim had her young child in the back seat of her vehicle. The child also sustained injuries in the wreck and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The young driver is now facing multiple charges, including felony vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving. The driver turned himself in following the filing of the charges.
Distracted driving remains a major threat to road safety across the United States. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that 2,841 people died in distracted driving car crashes in 2018. Many distracted driving instances are the result of the motorist looking at their phone, talking on their phone, or texting. However, even using the stereo or navigation systems can take a person’s attention away from the road and put them and those around them in danger. Driving requires all of a person’s attention. Anyone who is trying to engage in another activity while operating a car is increasing the risk of a crash.
In Georgia, using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal. The ban on hand-held devices is a primary enforcement law in the state, meaning officers can pull over and ticket motorists for using their phones even if the person is not in violation of any other laws.
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