If you haven’t already heard about the dangers of distracted driving, you soon will. Our Oklahoma car accident lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys say that’s because a law was recently passed that will allow law enforcement to stop and cite many of our state’s inattentive motorists.
According to an article from News On 6, the new law will prohibit motorists from using their cellphones to send or receive text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Records indicate that the new regulation will go into effect on November 1 of this year.
The law was created in response to an accident that left one Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper seriously injured and another dead. The pair were responding to an Oklahoma truck accident along I-40 when the driver of another vehicle—who was texting and using his phone to access social media sites—crashed into the rear of the troopers’ vehicle.
The widow of the deceased trooper lobbied lawmakers to pass the bill as a way to honor her husband’s memory and service. The effort paid off, and the bill was passed in less than five months from the time it was created.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we’ve seen the negative impact distracted driving has on so many lives. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers encourage you to put your phone down while driving and not to pick it up again until you have reached your destination.
Distracted driving is one of the leading contributing factors listed on Oklahoma auto accident reports, especially when a crash involves a young person. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2012, a total of 11 percent of all motorists under the age of 20 who were killed in collisions were distracted at the time of the accident.
Numbers like this leave many Oklahomans wondering what’s being done to prevent distracted driving accidents in our state. The team of Oklahoma car accident lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys explains the state is using several campaigns to curb this dangerous behavior.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has partnered with several other organizations to launch the “Stop The Texts. Stop The Wrecks” campaign. The program provides information to the public about the effects distracted driving can have in addition to offering several tips about how to prevent becoming distracted while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The state office of highway safety is also encouraging drivers to promise not to drive while distracted by signing the “It Can Wait” pledge. The pledge also encourages motorists to post a #X before driving to inform others they are behind the wheel and will respond to messages later.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we understand the dangers distracted driving poses and encourage you to do your part to fight the problem by educating yourself and pledging not to drive without your full attention being on the road.