New Jersey residents may benefit from a recent study on distracted driving that was conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The study found that taking their eyes off of the road, even for just two seconds, could be extremely dangerous for drivers, especially those going 70 miles per hour. In fact, during those two seconds, a driver going that fast will have covered 200 feet, which is about half the length of a football field.
Drivers in New Jersey who have lost loved ones or who have been injured in a distraction-related car accident agree that distracted driving is a dangerous problem. There are statistics to back up this opinion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over nine people are killed in the U.S. each day as the result of distracted driving.
A responsible driver doesn't drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in all 50 states. If the impaired person is involved in car accidents, that person may be required to compensate any victims injured by the impaired person's negligence.
Across the country, many institutions will be promoting safe driving during April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. The spotlight on this issue may not be brighter anywhere other than one New Jersey town, which is working to curb certain activities that put people in danger on the roads each day.
Texting while driving has been a concern for lawmakers and citizens since cell phones were introduced. Texting can cause drivers to lose focus on the road, be unaware of their surroundings and may lead to deadly car accidents. Recently, a woman driving in Newark, New Jersey, was accused by prosecutors of texting moments before she collided with a pickup driver who was killed in the accident. She was from Rahway, New Jersey, and was charged with causing a vehicular homicide while texting.
A proposal pending before the New Jersey legislature would allow law enforcement officers investigating a car collision to demand and then inspect the cell phones of the motorists involved in the wreck. While some critics of this measure have raised constitutional concerns, it may mark a good first effort at reducing the number of deaths on the road attributable to behaviors like texting and driving or driving while talking on a cell phone.