The distractions that drivers face while behind the wheel, whether truck and commercial drivers or regular commuters, only grow with the advent of more technological, portable handheld devices. With texting and driving being a primary cause of concern for both drivers and fellow cars on the road, the penalties and fines associated with distracted driving is only getting more severe, and for good reason as well.
Repercussions of Distracted Driving
When it comes to the consequences of distracted driving, the repercussions will vary. Interruptions and disturbances while driving can be considered everything from inserting a CD into your car’s CD disc drive to texting while trying to drive. Attempting to navigate a GPS can also be considered a distraction and should be only handled while you are safely parked with your vehicle turned off. Let’s take a look at some of the penalties associated with distracted driving.
1. What if you are caught texting a driving? The fines vary from state to state as well as the type of vehicle being driven. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), civil penalties can range up to $2,750 and the driver can endure several offenses, fines, and points.
2. The FMCSA has just enforced new rules regarding texting and driving. The rule restricts the use of a cell phone for texting purposes by bus and truck drivers while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Commercial drivers whose employers allow them to text while driving can receive a monetary punishment of up to $11,000.
3. For drivers of non-commercial vehicles such as a car, the fines differentiate based on the state. Some states consider this a ‘secondary’ law, while others issue drivers fines of up to $200 as well as demerit points and even online drivers courses.
Distracted Driving is not worth the Consequences
Although many of us think that a simple text can be sent without a problem, this could not be further from the truth. Did you know that those who text and drive are roughly 20 percent more likely to get in a fatal car accident? Perhaps sending that quick message can wait. Nothing is worth more than your life, so if you are driving a truck or car, consider pulling over at a rest stop, parking your car, and sending your text message at that point in time.
The lack of concentration that many drivers fall victim to is a bad habit to get into. Always be diligent when driving and keep your eyes on the road. That text message, e-mail, or phone call can wait until you arrive safely at your destination. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call 1-800-WRONGED today!