ARE YOU INTEXTICATED?
Are you intexticated? If so, you are not alone. Everyone, and yes I am including me, has been intexticated. That is, all of us have text messaged and driven our vehicles, at the same time. Doing so is not only dangerous, but according to the www.donttextdrive.com/statistics you increase your chances of being in an automobile accident by twenty-three (23) times if you are texting and driving.
Furthermore, an accident typically happens in an average of three (3) seconds after a driver becomes distracted. The United States Department of Transportation says that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million motor vehicle accidents each year and they cause half a million injuries and take 6,000 of our loved ones from us. According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute if you text and drive you are six times more likely to be in motor vehicle accident than if you were intoxicated.
NOT A CRIME, BUT A CIVIL PENALTY!
If you are texting and driving, you are violating Mississippi Code Annotated § 63-33-1 Distracted Driving Laws which makes it a civil penalty to do so. In other words, texting and driving is not a crime, but only a civil penalty. A civil penalty of $100.00 from the violations committed after July 1, 2016.
NO TEXTING AND DRIVING!
The bottom line is don’t text and drive. If you have to text, stop your car, pull to safe area and then do your texting. Otherwise, do not text and drive. The texts can wait, your life cannot. Be safe, drive safe, and drop the cell phone until you get to your destination. No Texting and Driving!
If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone was negligently texting and driving, then call us at Pepper & Odom Law Firm 601-202-1111 and let us evaluate your case for free, no fee unless we collect for you.
Original Content by Attorney Daniel Jones.