State laws, and arguably common sense, are in place to prevent Overland Park distracted driving accidents. It is, for example, against the law to text while driving in the state of Kansas. New drivers also face complete cell phone bans while driving in the state. However, simply banning things like texting and driving, or using a cell phone while driving, may not be enough to prevent Overland Park distracted driving accidents.
Distracted driving is a significant cause of accidents in the United States and distracted driving accidents seem to be rising. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, has called distracted driving a national epidemic. The National Safety Council estimates that there were about 213,000 distracted driving crashes in 2011, which is a significant increase over the estimated 160,000 distracted driving accidents that reportedly occurred in 2010. Thus, it is important to get to the root of the problem.
Is There a Better Way to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents?
Some experts believe that the problem of distracted driving, and the possible solutions to distracted driving, are unlike anything we’ve encountered before. It is unlike drunk driving, for example. Experts claim that smartphones have changed our behavior. It has become a habit to check our phones and it is one that is extremely difficult to break. Accordingly, in order to combat distracted driving some experts believe that it is important to understand compulsive cell phone use and to address that rather than simply to enact laws.
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