According to Senate Bill 96, drivers in the state of North Carolina are prohibited from using a cell phone for e-mailing or text messaging while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, according to DrivingLaws.org. Fire department officials, ambulance drivers and law enforcement officers are excused from this law. Who's not excused from this law? Teenagers. Still, many teen drivers think it's okay to text while driving. Most of these young drivers fail to understand the risks associated with such behavior.
To help reduce the risks of distraction-related car accidents in North and South Carolina, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently launched the "OMG" public service announcement (PSA) campaign. This PSA aims to raise awareness in teenage driver about the risks, dangers and consequences of texting behind the wheel. The PSAs will be airing on approximately 12,000 gas station pump-top screens and on nearly 550 Regal Cinema movie screens nationwide through the month of December. Residents can also view the videos on Distraction.gov. Officials believe that these forms of communication are quick and easy ways to reach their targeted audience -- teenage drivers.
Our Greenville,South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina teen car accident lawyers understand the risks that teenage drivers face on our roadways. They're the age group most likely to get into an auto accident. They're also the age group that is most likely to text behind the wheel. As we approach the holiday season, traffic on our roadways will increase significantly. More traffic equals increased risks for accidents. Parents are urged to sit down and talk with the young drivers about the dangers they'll inevitably face on our roadways and the dangers of texting while driving.
"Teen drivers are particularly vulnerable to distracted driving, which is why we are making an extra effort to ensure they understand the dangers," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The PSAs feature hip lingo, like "LOL" and "L8R," that is commonly using by these young texters to communicate with the young drivers. We understand that it's popular for teenagers to stay in touch with friends, but doing so behind the wheel is not only illegal, but it's dangerous. Teen drivers are four times more likely that drivers in any other age group to be involved in a car accident on our roadwys.
Greg Dunn, the President and the COO of Regal Entertainment Group, says that he is pleased to join forces with the USDOT. He adds that he feels that this partnership will help to make a difference in the safety on our roadways during the busy holiday traffic season.
There are already 35 states and the District of Columbia that have made texting behind the wheel illegal. It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving in nine states and the District of Columbia.
Teenagers are new behind the wheel and fail to possess the same type of driving experience as older drivers. For this reason, parents are encouraged to reiterate the importance of curbing the distractions behind the wheel. Your talk could help to save your child's life. Have a safe and Happy Holiday season and please be cautious on our roadways.