Hands Free Law in North Carolina Expected to Reduce Rate of Crashes
NORTH CAROLINA – According to an online editorial from wilsontimes.com, “distracted driving calls for education, not more citations,” according to the Wilson Times.*
According to the editorial, the writer indicates that there is a wide range of distractions that affect drivers, however, the challenges associated with the problem of distracted driving, per the Wilson Time’s response to the writer, is that the state should not hesitate to address the issue immediately.
The intention of House Bill 14, which is the Hands Free North Carolina Act, is to lessen the amount of distracted driving accidents to save lives; the law is not necessarily geared towards just issuing traffic tickets. The act was created based upon seventeen other states that have instituted hands-free laws, which includes the state of Georgia. Georgia has seen an eleven percent reduction in distracted driving related accidents in just the first few months of when its hands-free law went into effect (2018).
The Wilson Times notes that they agree that tackling the problems associated with distracted driving includes increases in driver education and awareness. However, the central way to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents is to institute consequences that are sufficient to include drivers to pursue better driving habits.
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