June 10th, 2013|
Jun 10, 2013
Despite the state of Ohio enacting new laws to help prevent the number of Ohio Distracted Driving Accidents that occur annually, many citizens feel not enough is being done to halt the growing problem.
Studies have shown that those who attempt to operate a handheld device while behind the wheel of a vehicle are 23 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than those who choose not to engage in the behavior. This means that texting and driving should actually be considered more dangerous than getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
In an effort to address the dangers of distracted driving, the state of Ohio enacted several laws in March aimed at curbing the number of distracted drivers on the state’s roadways. According to the Sun News, legislators passed a measure that made it a primary offense for law enforcement to stop a teenage driver for texting and driving; however, the behavior is only a secondary offense for adult drivers. This means an adult driver must break another law before officers can pull them over for cellphone use.
Many citizens feel that allowing some motorists to continue the behavior is both unfair and unsafe. They feel texting and driving should be banned for all motorists.
The Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy acknowledge the risks distracted driving creates. The firm urges all motorists to put their phones down while driving, regardless of the law.