June 20th, 2013|
June 19, 2013
Each year, distracted driving causes numerous accidents across Ohio. In fact, estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that as many as 20 percent of serious accidents are caused by some sort of driver distraction.
In an effort to curb the problem of Ohio Distracted Driving Accidents, law enforcement will be working to educate the public on the dangers posed by the behavior. One way they are achieving this goal is by discussing distracted driving with teens at their schools. Such an event was recently held at Howland High School and was seen as a great success.
WFMJ News explained that during the program, a spokesman from Trumbull Safe Communities explained to teens that in Ohio, a driver who is less than 18 years old could be pulled over by law enforcement just for having a cellphone in their hand while driving. A first offense will result in a three month license suspension and a $150 fine, while a second offense could lead to a one year license suspension and doubled fine.
The program also attempted to show teens the risks involved with drinking and driving by having them perform a field sobriety test while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize how dangerous drunk driving, as well as distracted driving, can be. The firm hopes the program is effective in getting teens to think twice before engaging in such behaviors.