Distracted Driving and Ohio’s Ban on Text Messaging

September 13, 2012

Auto Accidents

distracted drivingDistracted driving is the cause of numerous auto accidents and injuries every year.  During its “It Can Wait” campaign, cell phone provider AT&T reported that texting drivers are 23-times more likely to be in an auto accident than non-texting drivers.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010, 14% of all fatal crashes were caused by distracted driving, resulting in over 3,000 deaths.  Distracted driving also caused nearly 16% of accidents resulting in personal injury, amounting to over 400,000 injured victims.

On June 1st, Ohio became the 39th state to address the serious issue of distracted driving and text messaging.  Governor John R. Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 99, a state-wide ban on text messaging.  It took effect Friday, August 31st, 90 days after it was signed – tickets will be issued starting March 1st, 2013, after a 6-month warning period.  The bill will have a two-fold effect; the new law will serve as a secondary offense for drivers over the age of 18 and a primary offense for drivers under the age of 18.

For adult drivers, distracted driving will be available for secondary enforcement.  Police will need another reason to pull them over, like speeding, lane violations or running stop signs.  The fine will be $150.00.  For minors, distracted driving will be a primary offense warranting a stop – police do not need any other reason to pull a minor over.  Fines and penalties start at $150.00 and a 60-day suspension of license, but can rise from there.

Despite these numbers and laws, AT&T reported that 97% of teens know that texting and driving is dangerous, but 43% of them still admit to doing it.  If you are involved in a car accident and suffer personal injury where the at-fault party was texting and driving, you have the right to be compensated.

Contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free case evaluation and a free consultation from an attorney experienced with Ohio automobile accidents.  Learn what actions you can take to recover compensation for a car accident, your personal injuries and damages.  Call 1-800-297-9191 or contact us through our website: slaterzurz.com.

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