Government continues to push distracted driving laws; reduction in Carolina car accidents could result form uniform texting ban

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a National Distracted Driving Summit in September as the federal government continues to push states to enact laws aimed at distracted driving — particularly text messaging behind the wheel.

As out North Carolina car accident lawyers reported last week motorists continue to deal with a patchwork of laws aimed at the use of cell phones by drivers. North Carolina law forbids texting while driving. But drive across the border into South Carolina, and no such law exists.

Thirty states forbid motorists from text messaging while driving — 11 of those states have enacted their laws just this year. Eight other states prevent drivers from all use of hand-held cell phones. Some large cities, including Chicago, have banned hand-held cell phone use, though the use of cell phones is legal elsewhere in the state.

In the wake of the first distracted driving summit held last September, President Obama announced that all 4 million federal employees would be forbidden from text messaging while driving government vehicles. Since then, the federal government has launched a distracted driving website, and drafted sample legislation it would like state and local governments to use in banning text messaging while behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 6,000 motorists are killed each year and 500,000 are injured in traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. Only drunk driving and speeding are blamed for more fatal traffic crashes.

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Lee & Smith for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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