Texting while driving has become an epidemic in Mississippi and across the nation. Many states have already enacted distracted driving laws, and now Mississippi has one too. WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the new texting while driving ban. This week, Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015 and impact distracted drivers statewide. At this time, law enforcement authorities are contemplating their enforcement options. Motorists will still be allowed to use their GPS and make telephone calls. The ban applies to the sending and receiving of text-based messages.
Enforcement of Texting While Driving Ban
There isn't exactly a breath-test for distracted driving or a 'speed gun.' Other states have been pioneering the use of sophisticated equipment to distinguish text messaging from other types of cell phone functions in automobiles. Law enforcement agencies may have to upgrade department technology to better support enforcement of the new law. Luckily, they have until July first.
Distracted Driving Facts
• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• In 2011, 3,360 people died in distracted driving related wrecks.
• An estimated 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2012.
• 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.
Distracted Driving in Jackson
Distracted drivers in and around the Jackson area put other roadway users in great danger. Research shows that distracted drivers actually have slower reaction times than impaired drivers. Crashes attributed to texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors are 100 percent preventable.
After an Accident Involving a Distracted Driver
Although law enforcement agencies may not have state-of-the-art text message enforcement technology yet, a lawyer can help you determine if a distracted driver was to blame for your crash. It may be necessary to subpoena phone records to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Although it can take additional investigative efforts, it's worth looking into, especially if you're facing extensive medical bills.
If a distracted driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today.