Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Texting While Driving: Doubly Dangerous than DUI

People still continue to refute the dangers of driving while texting (DWT). Many claim that there is no substantial proof while others justify that texting is not as dangerous as driving drunk or fatigued because they’re only distracted/impaired for a few seconds.

Neal Rodriguez’ post at The Huffington Post debunks the defenses on DWT.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes and for drivers who adamantly continue to text and drive against the law while pay for the consequences of the actions sooner or later.

In California, drivers convicted of driving while texting (DWT) or using a hand held phone can be fined $20 to $50. Take note however that the penalty may be increased to as much as twice the amount because of assessments.

Further, texting drivers who cause car accidents can be held liable for damages, whether it extends to injuries suffered by the other party or property damage.

DWT might not seem as dangerous as DUI but the numbers speak for themselves at how big a threat texting while operating a motor vehicle is.