Officials Call Distracted Driving an "Epidemic"

Vyoung%20driver%20on%20cell%20phone_123rf_smallirginia transportation officials say distracted driving is becoming an epidemic. That’s the news out of the state capital, where Deputy Transportation Secretary Quinton Elliott recently made statements regarding the growing problem. While 248 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Virginia last year, nearly as many died in accidents involving a distracted driver. The figure, 208 fatalities, only includes accidents that police can directly attribute to distracted driving. The number is likely much higher, officials said.

Unlike drunk driving, there is no field test to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of their accident. This means police must reply on self-reporting to try and understand how widespread the problem actually is.

Curbing Traffic Fatalities

This month, a statewide safety campaign will begin to remind drivers to focus on the road. Electronic signs will flash messages to drivers to encourage them to slow down in work zones and to keep their eyes on the road. A dozen people were killed in work zones in Virginia last year. Police also plan to step up their presence on roads and will be ticketing drivers speeding or texting while driving.

Preventing Distracted Driving

This epidemic is one that everyone criticized but virtually everyone is guilty of being a part of from time to time. Make a commitment to keep your phone out of reach while on the road. To avoid temptation, put your phone in your purse, bag or glove compartment and only break it out when you are in park.

Injured by a Reckless Driver?

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you undoubtedly have many questions about your legal rights. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers can answer your questions and teach you how the legal system can help you. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped accident victims for over 29 years. If you’d like a free consultation, give us a call or send us an email 877.544.5323.

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