Where would we be without our cellphones? It’s almost impossible to imagine a life without the convenience of endless information at the swipe of a finger. There’s no denying that cellphone-use has become an integral part of people’s routines. The day just feels incomplete if you haven’t spent some time searching, streaming, posting, or liking. While there’s nothing unforgivable about being addicted to tech… using your cellphone when driving is extremely dangerous. It’s so dangerous in fact that there are multiple laws that ban the use of cellphones and other mobile devices while driving.
Using cellphones behind the wheel is wrong for one specific reason. It causes distracted driving. Simply defined, distracted driving is the act of operating a vehicle while doing things that stray concentration away from the specific task of driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured every day as a direct result of distracted driving. This translates into thousands of deaths and injuries annually because of behavior that is completely preventable. Here are four important facts you need to know about how the law restricts cellphone use in vehicles:
1. It’s illegal to use handheld mobile devices behind the wheel: Do not access any handheld mobile devices when driving on a public road. Where available, use hands-free accessories and options such as voice-operation on electronic devices.
2. Young drivers have stricter rules: Drivers 18 years of age or younger are prohibited from using both handheld or hand’s-free mobile devices in cars.
3. Passengers are off the hook: Passengers being ferried in a vehicle are free to use mobile devices while a vehicle is in motion on public roads. However if any passengers you may be transporting as a driver are unruly, don’t allow their activity to interfere with your concentration.
4. There are exceptions: The law can forgive use of cellphones while driving if the phone call being made is to alert law enforcement or first responders about an emergency. Even under emergency situations however, be careful not to jeopardize safety in the process of trying to help.
No matter how important your reasons might be to check your phone, don’t do it if you’re driving. The decisions you make as a driver don’t just influence your own life, they also impact the lives of every driver and pedestrian around you. Even the slightest amount of negligence on your part can end up costing you, and many other innocent people, everything. For more information on how Adriana’s Traffic School can help you stay safe on the road, give us a call at 888-309-4545.