We have all seen the crazy things that people do while they are driving – apply makeup on their morning commute, reading while driving through town, texting, and driving on the highway more focused on food than the road ahead. Although some of this behavior may not have been illegal in the past, distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes which leave people seriously injured or worse.
With traffic accident fatalities on the rise, everyone is looking for new ways to make our roads safer. In fact, Greeley, Colorado recently passed an ordinance that bans distracted driving. Although this new law bans “distracted driving,” it does not outline what specific behavior is prohibited. Thus, the decision to issue a citation is left to the discretion of law enforcement officers. Though the penalty for receiving a distracted driving citation is relatively minimal, policymakers and law enforcement hope this new ordinance will encourage people to change their dangerous driving habits and focus more of their attention on the road.
Hopefully the policymakers are right, but there are always some people who believe that they can multi-task while driving. Driving should be the only activity that the driver does – eating, texting, or putting on makeup should be done at home or after the driver pulls off the road. However, the reality is that car crashes will always happen due to careless drivers who choose to drive unsafely.
If you are involved in a car crash because another driver was distracted, remember to do the following:
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