The research on the use of cellular phones while driving has produced some expected results but also some that are less obvious without a more detailed look. Many people believe that the safety issues related to cell phone use behind the wheel have to do with the manipulation of the device. Tasks like dialing, answering and texting that require visual attention seem to be the greatest hazard.
One surprising finding that has been identified in a number of research efforts is that the use of hands free devices does not reduce the incidence of auto accident and injury. That is likely related to two factors:
Most “hands free” devices support the conversation but still require the same attention to dial or answer phone calls
The phone conversation itself is a distraction. The larger category at issue is distracted driving. Talking on a cellular phone is a form of distracted driving.
What is Being Done About the Problem?
The issues related to cell phone use and driving have reached a point of national attention. In addition to the legislative actions that have been taken or are being considered by many states the media and prominent personalities are getting involved in the fight to keep our streets safe from drivers using cell phones behind the wheel.
Popular talk show host and author Oprah Winfrey has been a proponent of the “No Phone Zone” pledgeand has enlisted the support of many influential people from Hollywood, business and politics to get the message out. To date 349,765 people have submitted no phone zone pledges committing to not text or talk behind the wheel.
Hand Held Cell Phones – Seven States (California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon & Washington), Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand held cell phones while driving.
All Cell Phone Use – No states currently have laws banning the use of all cell phones (including hands free). Many states do have bans for certain drivers
25 states and Washington, D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers
18 states ban cell phone use by school bus drivers when passengers are present
Text Messaging – 26 states, Washington D.C. and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers.
8 additional states ban text messaging by novice drivers
2 states ban school bus drivers from texting while driving
Distracted Driving – Some states address cell phone use while driving as a distracted driving issue included in laws addressing other issues impacting driver attention.
Everyone’s paying attention but accidents are still happening if you have been injured by someone who was on their phone at the time of the accident and live anywhere in Alabama visit the web site of The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C. today.