Reports show that texting and driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving, so why is it that so many people continue to use their cell phones behind the wheel? Texting while driving — which is against the law — makes a person over 20 times more likely to get in a car accident.
To help enforce this law, the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) recently launched a new program designed to catch distracted drivers in Salt Lake City and two other counties. Because there is no excuse for driving distracted, a lawyer at Robert J. DeBry & Associates will be able to help anyone involved in a distracted driving incident.
Why Is Distracted Driving Dangerous?
Texting and driving is just one form of distracted driving. Because cars travel at high speeds on busy roads, it is necessary to be fully alert at all times to avoid a car accident. Taking your eyes off the road for a split second, even if it is just to change the radio station, can pose a danger.
Looking away from the road for long enough to read or send text messages is incredibly dangerous, and puts you and others at risk of being in a car accident. If someone else is at fault for an accident and was texting at the wheel, a lawyer here at Robert J. DeBry & Associates will help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Utah Highway Patrol’s New Program
In an effort to reduce texting while driving and punish those who do, Utah Highway Patrol recently started a new campaign on the roads. The strategy involves using transit vans with spotters inside, who can communicate with marked patrol cars nearby. The patrol cars can then pull over the distracted drivers and help them learn to follow the law the hard way.
Listen to your friendly lawyer here at Robert J. DeBry & Associates and stop texting while driving. A message isn’t worth being punished by law enforcement, or even worse — causing an accident.