Distracted Driving Becoming Alarming in Arizona

Laws have been swirling around the topic of distracted driving recently. It has alarmingly become one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents because of cell phones and the like. According to 2009 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motor vehicle crashes involving driver distraction amounted 448,000 who were injured or 20%. For overall crashes involving distractions, 959,000 out of 5,505,000 occurred or 17%. It is surprisingly much lower than that recorded in the years 2005–2008, which ranged from an amount of 960,000 – 1,300,000 crashes.

This has recently taken center stage in the state of Arizona. There are bills currently sponsored by Steve Farley, Tucson Democrat, banning driving and texting or any cell phone use by drivers under the age of 18. Farley has been wanting to raise awareness through a doctor from California, who also lost a son as a result of texting.

It should be highly noted that statistics show drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. More to that, texting while driving has shown to have caused to more motor vehicle accidents than drunk driving has. The Phoenix texting while driving ban was initiated in 2007. There have been many concerns coming before the Arizona State Legislature although nothing has actually been passed. A survey by the Behavior Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 Arizona residents actually support a texting while driving ban.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, there is free consultation. Just call these numbers (602) 267-1280, or (480) 753-4534.

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