Georgia Troopers Fight to Curb Distracted Driving
Troopers across the state are targeting distracted drivers in an attempt to save lives and reduce injuries. In Valdosta, the Georgia State Patrol reports that there has been an increase in the number of traffic crashes in recent months. These accidents have resulted in several injuries and even deaths. To combat rising accident rates, the Georgia State Patrol has begun a series of patrols aimed specifically at catching distracted drivers. Troopers are on the lookout for drivers engaging in any form of behavior that draws their eyes, attention, and hands from the road, which includes texting, eating, drinking, playing with the radio, attending to personal grooming, and more. Georgia law specifically bans any driver under the age of 18 from using a phone while driving. Troopers hope that by targeting distracted driving, they will dissuade the public from texting and driving or engaging in other distracting behaviors, thereby saving lives and preventing injuries.
Distracted Driving is a Tremendous Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed in distracted driving car accidents each day and another 1,153 are injured. About 3,300 are killed in these accidents annually, though some believe the true incidence of distracted driving is far higher. Driving distracted significantly increases your risk of being injured in an accident.
Most drivers today are aware of the dangers of driving distracted. Almost every state has some form of law on the books making it illegal to text and drive. Many other states take it a step further and ban the use of cell phones while driving entirely.
However, despite the recognized dangers of the practice, drivers across Georgia and the rest of the United States continue to text and drive or engage in other distracting behaviors while behind the wheel. A CDC study in 2011 found that 69% of drivers reported talking on the cell phone while driving within 30 days of the survey and 31% admitted to texting or emailing while driving within the past 30 days. These statistics are alarming, particularly given that this survey required self-reporting. The true instance of texting while driving is likely far higher and texting is no longer the only hazard. Other drivers can be found using social media as they drive, including signing on to Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Drivers everywhere need to change their driving habits in order to reduce accident rates and prevent fatalities. While Georgia troopers are taking an excellent step in cracking down on distracted drivers, drivers need to also do their part and stow their cell phone while driving so as to avoid any temptation to text or engage in like behaviors.
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