Forty-six states and Washington D.C. have passed bills to protect drivers and, in 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that banned federal employees from texting while driving. Many of these laws prohibit drivers from specifically holding phones, inputting addresses into their GPS’ or reading text messages while driving.
It’s not surprising that local and federal governments are stepping up their efforts to curtail these bad habits. In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study of drivers between 18 – 64. Seventy percent of those surveyed said they had talked on their cell phones while driving. As a comparison, in Europe, that percentage is only 20 percent. Of those surveyed, 30 percent said they texted and drove. In Europe, that number sits at 15 percent.
“It’s important to recognize that this law intends to save lives.”
While not being able to talk on a phone while driving may be a hassle to some, the intention behind these laws is to save lives. For those who need to talk while driving (e.g., sales people), there are alternative ways to go about doing business. While we suggest not talking and driving, to cut down on distractions, you could use Bluetooth ear pieces or your car’s Bluetooth speakers.
For more information about existing laws in your own state, contact The Advocates today.