Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Weighs in on Texting Zones along New York State Highways

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled "texting zones" along the New York State Thruway and state highways, which will give drivers an area to pull over and use their mobile devices. According to a Sept. 24 CBS report, officials hope that these designated zones will help prevent distracted driving crashes statewide.

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NHTSA's web site reports that in 2011 alone, 3,330 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers

New York state highways will now have specially designated areas called "texting zones" where drivers can pull over to use their cell phones and other mobile electronic communication devices. According to a Sept. 24 CBS news report, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the program, which will designate zones that are actually existing rest stops, park-n-ride lots and other facilities. The report states these stops will now have signs telling drivers that they can stop there legally to safely use their mobile phones and other electronic devices.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classified texting and driving as the most "alarming" distraction for drivers because it causes motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and attention away from the act of driving. NHTSA's web site reports that in 2011 alone, 3,330 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers.

New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm says he welcomes the government's initiative to make the state's highways safer for all commuters. "Mobile electronic devices have become such an integral parts of our lives that governments are having a tough time enforcing cell phone laws. These "texting zones" may prove to be a creative solution whereby drivers are given designated areas to safely use their electronic devices."

Wilhelm says it still remains to be seen whether drivers will actually use the texting zones. "Although it would be in their best interest to use these marked texting zones, we do not know yet how practical they will be for drivers. Will drivers be patient enough to wait for a texting zone?"

It is important that drivers are made aware about the dangers of texting and driving, Wilhelm said. "Hopefully, texting zones will serve as yet another tool to educate drivers and encourage safe driving habits. What all of us need to realize is that distracted driving affects people's lives. It causes serious injuries and thousands of deaths each year. No text or e-mail is worth a life."

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The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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