Officials Cracking Down On Distracted Driving With “U Drive U Text U Pay” Campaign

It’s unfortunate, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 660,000 drivers are using distracting electronic devices while on the road. What’s even more unfortunate is that those distracted drivers cause a daily 700 injuries or fatalities. Over the course of a year, more than 3,000 people are killed and over 400,000 injuries caused by distracted drivers.

Clearly, distracted driving is an epidemic in this county, and the worst part is that it’s an entirely preventable problem.

Here at Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we’re joining national distracted driving efforts focusing on changing drivers’ behavior through enforcement, legislation, awareness, and education.

“Talking on a phone, even while using a hands-free device, or texting using an infotainment system in your vehicle diverts yoru attention away from driving. Please focus on the road, and just drive.” – Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn.

The Bakersfield Police Departement is stepping up their patrols, searching for distracted drivers. The NHTSA started the “U Drive U Text U Pay” enforcement campaign. The department is also joining other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to increase distracted driving laws starting October 8, 2020.

Distracted Driving Is Even More Dangerous For Young Drivers

Drivers from ages 15 to 19 suffer and cause more fatal car accidents due to distracted driving than any other age group. Our firm recently awarded 11 drivers an education scholarship as part of our new “Guided Partners In Safety Scholarship” program to help curb this problem. We want to help pay for student driver’s education training, keeping safety at the forefront of our ongoing discussion with local youth.

What Can You Do To Eliminate Distracted Driving

According to the AARP, you can do the following to help eliminate distracted driving from our nation’s roadways:

  • Unplug – Keep your cell phone on silent and where you can’t see it light up for every notification you receive. If a phone call or text message is critical, it’s best to pull over into a safe location before using your phone.
  • Refuel – Drowsy driving is distracted driving, so never drive when you’re too tired.
  • Focus – When you’re behind the wheel, pay attention to what’s happening all around your vehicle. Frequently scan your mirrors and watch your speed.
  • Secure Cargo – Prevent loose items in your car from startling you in the event of sudden braking by securing your cargo. Also, never place smaller items on your lap or the floor near the driver-side foot pedals.

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident at the fault of someone else or injured on the job, no matter whose fault it is, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling (661) 323-4000 or fill out a free consultation form at chainlaw.com.