A generation ago, people seldom wore seat belts. It took years before attitudes changed. Lives were saved as a result. Does anyone doubt that limiting cell-phone use in our motor vehicles will likewise save lives?
Providence, Rhode Island (PRWEB) September 05, 2011
With distracted driving continuing to increase at an alarming rate, one Rhode Island-based personal injury lawyer has announced a campaign to raise awareness about this issue. "DIstracted driving has become a notorious safety problem across the country. Studies show that texting and driving can be even more dangerous than drinking and driving," says Attorney Mike Bottaro. "As an AV rated personal injury law firm, we feel an obligation to shine a light on this issue to prevent future tragedies."
Distracted driving includes any non-driving activity that can distract the driver and increase the risk of car accidents. In 2009, nearly half a million people were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving. Mr. Bottaro recently authored an editorial about distracted driving that was published in The Providence Journal. His law firm, The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, has also produced several public service announcements publicizing the dangers of texting and driving.
Mr.Bottaro's editorial cites to some alarming statistics and offers three suggestions to winning the war on distracted driving. "First, we need to continue to educate the public. It wasn't that long ago when people did not seat belts. Now, we know better. If drivers stopped texting and driving, is there any doubt our roadways would be safer?" asked Mr. Bottaro. Texting and driving is illegal in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as in 34 other states. "We also need to enforce our current laws and re-examine passing stricter laws." Mr. Bottaro advocates legislation similar to the State of Connecticut, where cellphone use is also prohibited while driving. "We are seeing an increase of personal injuries in our car accident cases where distracted driving was a contributing factor. These are preventable tragedies," added Mr. Bottaro.