Should Texas Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving? Herrman & Herrman PLLC Corpus Christi Texas

Should Texas Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving? Herrman & Herrman PLLC Corpus Christi Texas

Does Texas Need a Universal Ban on Phones Behind the Wheel?

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The Journal of Adolescent Health published a study in February 2018 suggesting a universal ban on hand-held cell phone use for all drivers.

“Our study shows that universal bans of hand-held cell phone calls while driving can be effective in reducing teens’ hand-held conversations while driving, but texting bans are not effective in reducing texting while driving,” said Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD, the study’s lead author and principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dr Zhu went on to say that “Nearly all states ban texting while driving; however, these bans are not effective.
More states should implement hand-held cell phone bans, which have been proven to discourage hand-held cell phone conversations while driving.”
Even with laws in place, about one-third of teen drivers still talk on the phone and text while driving, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers found.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says that as of May 2019, only 19 states have banned hand-held phone use by all drivers, and Texas is not on this list.
Distracted drivers are on our roads.
Here are a few ideas to help avoid being a distracted driver yourself, thanks to AAA Auto Club, Geico insurance and Travelers insurance…
1. Take care of calls, texts and other business before getting into the car.
2. Get set before going. Make vehicle adjustments, radio, and mobile apps before you start moving.
3. Stow your phone. Put the phone physically out of your reach.
4. Secure kids and pets.
5. Don’t be a distraction. Don’t call or text anyone when you know they are driving.
6. Don’t be afraid to stop. Pull over for a minute to take care of whatever it is that cannot wait.
If it is not important enough to stop for, it is not important enough to risk your life for.
Laws act as deterrents but, in the end, we are all responsible for our own actions.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, Call the Herrman & Herrman law firm for a free case evaluation, today.

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