Texting and Driving How to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

Texting is the most common type of distracted driving.

Because conditions on roadways can change in a matter of seconds, a driver’s complete focus should be devoted to driving, not texting.

Vehicular accidents cause tens of thousands of deaths each year.

Arizona, Missouri, Montana, and Texas are the only states that do not have laws that ban texting and driving.

Types of Texting Laws

  • Primary Law: an officer does not need to have another reason for pulling someone over if he or she saw the person texting.
  • Secondary Law: an officer needs to have another reason for pulling someone over before ticketing them for texting.

Studies reveal that primarily, not secondarily, enforced texting laws reduce the number of accident related fatalities.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should encourage Arizona, Missouri, Montana, and Texas to establish primarily enforced texting laws to reduce the number of accident related fatalities.

Make the roads safer by not texting and driving!

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