Decades ago, police officers who stopped a drunk driver frequently would go by the driver’s house to ensure that they remained at home. There only was a small social judgment that was affixed to intoxicated driving.
Due to the work that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) and similar foundations have had on society, all of that has changed. Nowadays, intoxicated drivers are seen as a trouble to society which should be prosecuted, not safeguarded, through the police.
Disturbed motorists, the ones who talk on their cellphone, scan their e-mails, send texts, set their GPS devices when driving, additionally are a substantial threat along the same lines as drunk drivers.
Think of a set of parents who adequately informed their children on the dangers of DWIs, and never considered driving after drinking alcoholic beverages. Those same parents probably do not consider reading emails or texting while driving to be dangerous. Each time a motorist operates an automobile when browsing online, chatting on the phone, or texting, places pedestrians on the sidewalks and other drivers at risk.
At present, new cars come available with all kinds of features which might distract a driver. It’s normal for a mother to drive an automobile full of kids to football practice with a phone glued to her ear, paying attention to her GPS unit, all while various sounds are playing from an iPod, video gaming unit, or DVD player in the back seat. The disturbances she’s dealing with may make her every bit as dangerous to drive as if she’d devoted one hour at a bar.
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Increasing statistics report that distracted drivers should have the same social stigma drunk drivers receive. Studies suggest that motorists under the age of twenty-four include the worst transgressors; but that distracted driving is an increasing problem throughout every age group. As the rate of car accidents and fatalities continues to increase, some feel that the same penalties that drunk drivers face should be applied to distracted drivers.
Luckily, there are attorneys who deal with personal injury law striving to make this occur. It’ll just be a matter of time as the penalties of distracted driving will be just as severe as those of driving while intoxicated.
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