While it has become increasingly clear throughout the country that texting or fiddling with cell phones while driving is a serious concern, ending this dangerous practice hasn’t been quite as straightforward. In New York, New Castle Supervisor, Rob Greenstein, has worked not just to raise awareness of the risks of texting and driving but has also pushed for stricter legislation to put an end to this habit that can result in fatal consequences.
Texting and Driving are Concerns Nationwide
Texting has, over the years, become an important method of communication among not just teenagers but people of all ages. The convenience and speed of sending short and quick messages has resulted in millions of texts sent daily and in 2013 billions of text messages sent each month in the United States alone. In that same year, more than 3,000 people were killed in car accidents that were caused by distracted driving, which includes using cell phones and sending text messages. While texting might be familiar and convenient, when combined with getting behind the wheel and on the road, the consequences are deadly.
Texting While Driving in New Castle
Although many people are now aware of the risks of texting and driving or using a cell phone to make a quick call from the car, in New York, it continues to be an issue among drivers. Last year, as part of New Castle’s Hands Off the Phone and On the Wheel campaign, nearly 700 drivers received tickets for either using a cell phone or texting while driving. In fact, 470 people were ticketed for texting alone, which is an increase of 50 incidents when compared to the prior year.
Stricter Legislation for Ending Texting and Driving
Besides being an experienced car accident attorney, Rob Greenstein, New Castle Supervisor, also continues to work toward stricter legislation to keep drivers from texting from behind the wheel. While drivers are becoming more aware of the dangers, many still risk using their phones and sending quick messages while driving. Most offenders receive costly fines, but Mr. Greenstein suggests taking extra steps to address the problem. For instance, while privacy concerns ruled a warrant would be necessary for police to check cell phones at car accident scenes, he suggests technology that could let authorities know if the phone was used during the accident, without giving up the privacy of emails and other phone data.
Keeping New York Drivers Safe
At Greenstein and Milbauer, LLP, we aren’t just concerned with preventing accidents caused by texting and using cell phones while driving. If you have been in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or distracted driving, we can help ensure you receive fair and proper treatment. When car accidents are caused because of another person or another entity, you shouldn’t have to suffer the injuries and expenses alone.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in New York because another driver was distracted either by a phone call or texting, we can help. Contact us online immediately or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462) for a free consultation.