Article Recap: Distracted Driving in Rhode Island
April 9th, 2015
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of greatest dangers to motorists on our public roads. Just a decade ago, if you were a distracted driver, it meant you were bending over to search for a CD under the passenger seat or trying to hold a burger in one hand and a drink in the other. Today, distracted driving means texting, typing in your GPS destination, shuffling through your playlist, and still trying to eat that burger – all at the same time.
At the Bottaro Law Firm, we believe strongly that distracted driving needs to stop. Multitasking behind the wheel puts you, your passengers, and everyone on the road around you at risk. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause an accident. In today’s world of smart phones, smart watches, headsets, and cars with built-in touch screens, drivers need to make a conscious decision to keep their eyes and minds on the world around them.
We’ve written about the risks of distracted driving before. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve discussed and what you can do to practice and promote safe driving in your community.
When Bluetooth headsets first hit the market, people hailed them as the solution to distracted driving. At the time, one of the biggest issues was handheld cell phone use. Many states even enacted laws prohibiting handheld calling, but specifically allowing use of hands-free headsets.
Studies released in 2013 and 2014, however, show almost no distinction between the level of distraction caused by handheld calling and hands-free cell phone use. The studies also identified a number of other voice-controlled activities that have been found to significantly increase a driver’s chances of causing an accident.
Next month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Each April, the Department of Transportation places special emphasis on warning the public of the dangers of distracted driving.
In support of the cause, last year the Bottaro Law Firm inaugurated its “30 Days to Wipe out Distracted Driving” campaign. Our campaign uses Twitter to help spread the message that drivers should be focused on one thing and one thing only: driving. Join us this month for the second year in a row and take the pledge to end distracted driving!
We are still accepting applications for our 2015 “Don’t Text and Drive” Scholarship! On June 1, 2015, the Bottaro Law Firm will award a $1,000 scholarship to the college student who submits the best essay on how they will use the funds to further their education. Applicants must also agree not to text and drive. Click the link above to see the full list of qualifications and read more about the dangers of texting while driving.
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The Bottaro Law Firm represents victims of auto accident injuries throughout Rhode Island. If you’ve been injured in a collision or have a question about distracted driving, please contact us today.