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New distracted driving bill could ban drinking, eating, and more while driving

Distracted Driving Laws in AlabamaWhile 46 states currently ban text messaging while driving, other forms of distracted driving are still technically not illegal. In fact, over 70% of respondents in a recent survey admitted to eating while driving. Even more prevalent was drinking (non-alcoholic drinks) while driving, at 83%. However, this may be changing soon. In Maine, lawmakers have passed a bill that fines drivers up to $500 for distracted driving. The New Jersey legislature is considering a similar law in response to a study that shows about half of accidents in New Jersey involve distracted driving. The New Jersey law would prohibit drivers from doing anything "unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle," including drinking, eating, using a navigation system, talking to passengers, putting on makeup, watching a video, or reading a map or book. In other words, that morning cup of coffee on the way to work would have to wait until you reach your destination. While these behaviors seem innocent enough, anything that takes the driver’s focus off the road poses an immediate danger to passengers and other motorists.

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Distracted Driving in Alabama

Despite the fact that distracted driving was responsible for 3,179 deaths in 2014 and 413,000 injuries, a bill which would have expanded Alabama’s law against texting while driving to include other forms of distractions was rejected by the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill would have made it illegal to…

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First Ever National Distracted Driving Campaign Launched in April

Texting campaign | Car Accident Attorney | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Distracted driving is the new drunk driving: there’s no denying it. While deaths caused by drunk driving have been declining in the last several decades—thanks to tougher laws, better enforcement, and public education—distracted driving injuries and deaths have actually been on the rise. reports that deaths from distracted driving decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. However, injuries increased a staggering 9 percent, from 387,000 to 421,000 in the same years.

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Apps created to prevent distracted driving

Stop distracted driving - Martinson & Beason, P.C.We’ve posted several times before about the dangers of distracted driving. The statistics surrounding distracted driving are scary:

  • Texting drivers are more than 23 times more likely to crash
  • A driver looks away from the road an average of 4.6 seconds when sending or reading a text—equal to driving the length of a football field (at 55mph) blind

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Distracted driving a bigger problem in U.S. than abroad

Distracted driving - Martinson & Beason, P.C.A recent study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that distracted driving and the resulting accidents are a larger problem in the United States than in Europe. The CDC analyzed information several surveys done in 2011, which examined the driving behavior of thousands of residents of Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

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Distracted Driving

What is distracted driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as "a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driv-ing task to focus on some other activity instead." Officially, distracted driving is a sub-set of inattentive driving, which also includes…

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