Most people recognize distracted driving as the dangerous activity that it is. Nearly all states have initiated a ban on electronic messaging – texting and emailing, mainly – while driving in an attempt to curtail the trend. Some states have broadened these restrictions to include cell phone conversations unless a hands-free device is in use. What will be the next expansion?
As the list of driving distractions continues to expand, lawmakers effort to keep the roads safe. Numerous distracted driving activities might now warrant a citation during a routine traffic stop.
For example, in Washington, if an officer pulls someone over for careless driving and they’re eating, they can receive an additional ticket – one for careless driving and one for eating and driving. The distracted driving citations can stack, as well, with additional activities like personal grooming, for example, increasing the fines.
Will similar laws come to Pennsylvania?
It’s difficult to say, but there is a strong possibility that our lawmakers are working to levy strict penalties against those who make Pennsylvania roads dangerous for other drivers. California has added numerous distracted driving laws to the books. Hawaii was one of the first states with communities that began enforcing “distracted walking” laws. While drinking coffee behind the wheel isn’t currently illegal, it might soon be a factor in additional fines or driving citations if the police pull you over for an unrelated matter.
There are countless driving distractions, unfortunately, that attract the attention of drivers of all experience levels. From personal grooming and eating to texting and having a conversation with friends, drivers who lose focus on the road can cause devastating collisions. Vehicle occupants can suffer head injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries or paralysis in violent car accidents. If you were injured or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it is wise to discuss your case with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney.