Distracted Driving Penalties Increased

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Distracted driving has been becoming more and more of an issue today due to the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. In the state of Ohio, cell phone use is a primary offense for drivers under 18 as well as above. Cell phone use has been becoming more common amongst all ages even senior citizens. The radio is very popular and with other things it is very easily to get distracted while driving which can result in a very serious or life threatening injury.

The Ohio State Legislation board along with the house of representatives have passed a new penalty on House Bill 95 which applies for everyone in the state of Ohio who is found to have a moving violation due to distracted driving, a $100 penalty fee will be added to the fine of the violation. The State of Ohio is cracking down more and more on distracted driving seeing how over 600 Fatalities have been caused by distracted driving.

Distracted Driving

  • Visual: taking eyes off road and or not looking where you are going
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel or controls of the vehicle
  • Cognitive: not thinking about driving

The roadway is a dangerous place and driving is a huge responsibility. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States and it is not going to decrease any time soon. Cell phones, music, and technology are taking over and is the reason our roadway is becoming less and less safe.

We the people can’t control what other people do, but what we can control is ourselves and what we do. Let’s take responsibility for our actions and not use our cell phones while driving, or do anything that will inhibit or distract us from driving with our full potential. Driving is a responsibility and not a privilege. Follow the law and maybe you’ll save some money along the way as well as keep you safe as well as others around you.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877-944-4373.