text and drive
We’ve all been out with friends and taken a selfie or group photo, then instantly uploaded the photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. This is harmless fun, unless you get pulled over later for drinking and driving and there are posts on your social media showing you’ve been drinking. While smartphones are convenient and help us get a lot done, they can also be used against you in legal matters. It is common for parties going through a divorce to use text messages and other electronically stored data against their spouse, and that trend has made its way to the criminal law world as well.
The dangers of texting and driving are well known. Studies show taking your eyes off the road even for the minimal amount of time texting takes can have serious consequences because the time needed to refocus is significant. This means that the dangers of texting and driving are well known. Studies show taking your eyes off the road even for the minimal amount of time texting takes can have serious consequences because the time needed to refocus is significant. This means that when you text and then shift your gaze back to the street you are driving without fully paying attention to the rules of the road. To combat this growing problem and decrease the number of accidents related to texting and driving, Florida has passed a ban on texting while operating a motor vehicle.
The law is close to a year and a half… Continue reading
As technology becomes more and more advanced, it is used more frequently. Unfortunately, many drivers engage in activities involving electronics on their daily commute. Texting, emailing, and even playing games on your phone can have consequences as disastrous as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
One group that consistently engages in text and drive behavior is teen drivers. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports texting while driving is more common among teenagers than is smoking! At the reported rates, it won’t be long before texting and driving reaches epic proportions. The statistics show:
● 41.1% of teenage drivers admit to texting (or emailing) while driving.
- South Dakota topped the list with 61.3% of teens admitting they texted or emailed while driving.
● Massachusetts had the lowest rate, at 32.3%.
Given these numbers, it isn’t unlikely to see punishment for accidents… Continue reading