We applaud national and state authorities for trying to keep fatalities and motor vehicle accidents to a minimum by banning hand-held cell phones and texting while driving.
Orinda, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 30, 2011
Tying in with April 2011 Distracted Driving Awareness Month, GJEL Accident Attorneys is launching an education program to keep motorists aware and alert about the dangers of distracted driving.
For the entire month, the catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area will publish resources and educational information on its website’s News Center for families, adults, teens, experienced drivers, and those just starting out.
In California, State Senator Joe Simitian is keeping this issue at the forefront starting with his California hand-held cell phone ban enacted July 1, 2008 and continuing with a second, tougher piece of anti-texting legislation (Senate Bill 28) that will more than double fines for distracted driving offenders in California.
“We applaud national and state authorities for trying to keep fatalities and motor vehicle accidents to a minimum by banning use of hand-held cell phones and texting while driving,” said Andy Gillin, managing partner of GJEL. “As this issue takes center stage in April during Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we encourage motorists to be alert and aware every day of the year behind the wheel, regardless of age.”
The number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide has reached 5 billion, according to a recent estimate by the U.N. telecommunications agency. Despite the increase in mobile phone usage while driving, U.S. efforts have succeeded in banning text messaging in 30 states including the District of Columbia.
Currently California’s distracted driving prohibitions include:
- Drivers may not use wireless devices “to write, send, or read a text-based communication” — as in text messaging.
- Adult drivers (18 and older) banned from using cell phones unless they employ hands-free devices.
- Minors are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving — with or without hands-free accessories.
- School bus operators and transit bus drivers prohibited from using cell phones while driving.
In California, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has issued about 283,000 tickets for use of handheld cell phones and 3,742 text messaging tickets as of mid-September 2010. A June 2010 CHP report states that cell phones are the “leading, identifiable, contributing factor to inattentive driver crashes in California.” The CHP credits the state’s distracted driving law with reducing fatalities by 700, and total collisions by 75,000 to 100,000 in the six months after the law was enacted.
About GJEL Accident Attorneys
Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys) is a San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm established in 1972. The firm represents plaintiffs injured in California auto accidents and wrongful death incidents, and was recently named one of the best law firms in America by Best Lawyers/US News & World Report.
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