Texting while driving in California may lead to a ticket

Posted on December 4, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and to every other driver and passenger on the road. While it may seem an easy way to multi-task, texting while driving can cause serious injuries or even death.

A new program spearheaded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with 37 local law enforcement agencies aims to put an end to texting and driving. From November 30 through December 9, drivers using cell phones or texting and driving were to be issued citations, $159 for a first time offense, and $279 for a second offense.

Despite a statewide ban on driving while using a cell phone, in 2011 there were 460,487 handheld cell phone convictions in California, a rise from only 361,260 in 2010. Nationwide, 30,092 people died in auto accidents involving a distracted driver, and another 416,000 were injured.

When there is an accident involving a distracted driver, that driver may be found negligent. Drivers are under a duty to operate their motor vehicles with reasonable care under the circumstances. Some factors that may be involved in a negligence case involving an automobile would be whether or not traffic signs were obeyed, whether the driver used the appropriate turn signals and whether the vehicle was speeding at the time of the accident. In addition to proving that a duty was owed and breached, in order to be compensated the victim in a car accident must prove that the breach caused the accident and they were injured as a result.

Operating a cell phone or texting while driving are both major hazards on the road. However, by cracking down on these distracted drivers, law enforcement officials may be able to save many lives.

Source: Sacramento Press, “Phone in one hand. Ticket in the other: Law enforcement crackdown,” Janna Haynes, Nov. 28, 2012

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