Should Cell Phones Be Disabled When Driving to Prevent Accidents?


December 11, 2010

There has been discussion among traffic safety experts for some time about the prospect of introducing technology into cars that would disable cell phones. A study of cell phone use on accident rates indicates that distraction from cell phone use contributes to 342,000 auto accidents per year resulting in 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 fatalities. Though legislation has been enacted in some states to limit using cell phones to make calls and/or text while driving, many people continue to violate these laws, resulting in an enormous toll in injuries and deaths costing an estimated $43 billion dollars annually in damages including lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has now come out and publicly endorsed the concept of using technology to disable cell phones in moving motor vehicles. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing people who have been seriously injured in car crashes throughout Atlanta and ALL of Georgia for over 25 years.

Georgia is one of a number of states that has taken steps through legislation to prevent traffic accidents caused by distracted driving related to cell phone use. Georgia also enacted a law earlier this year that prohibits writing, sending, or reading a text message while operating a motor vehicle. Teen drivers are prohibited from using cell phones at all, even with a hands-free device. However, cell phone use continues to be a major cause of distracted driving despite such attempts. Studies suggest that the low probability of being caught and relatively modest fine amounts have made such attempts fairly ineffective in discouraging the dangerous practice of texting while driving.

The Transportation Secretary is now publicly advocating cell phone blocking technology in all vehicles as part of the plan to eliminate cell phone related car wrecks. Software already exists that can detect when a cell phone is in a car that is moving and disable the cell phone. This technology is being used on a voluntary basis by some drivers to disable their child's cell phone while driving, but LaHood is now advocating making such technology mandatory. The growing support for making this cell phone disabling technology mandatory is linked to the fact that the public does not have the same sense of outrage toward cell phone related accidents that it has toward driving under the influence of alcohol. Hood has indicated that increased public awareness must also be part of efforts to prevent cell phone related distracted driving.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represents those seeking compensation from distracted drivers throughout Georgia. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, we can help you or your loved one obtain the compensation that you are entitled to receive. We have been representing those injured or killed in Georgia car accidents for over 25 years. Our Georgia auto accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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