Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New law Bans Texting While Driving

Texting while driving has never been a good idea, but as of January 1, 2011, you can be ticketed. In addition to texting, the law bans instant messages and e-mails while driving. Research compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) attributed an estimated 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries to distracted driving in 2008 alone. Exceptions to the new law include reading emergency traffic and weather-related alerts and to report a crime. If you can't resist the urge to check your email or instant message until you arrive at your destination, pull off of the road and stop before doing so. If there is a young, inexperienced driver in your family who has access to a cell phone, please share this message with them.