We represent DUI cases primarily, but there is another form of “influence” that is claiming the lives of people all across the nation. This is commonly called “distracted driving”, and it happens when people use electronic devices in the car while driving. Texting, using a GPS, or talking on a cell phone can distract people from the road enough for an accident to occur. Some say it’s a bigger problem than even DUI.
In a story reported by NBC10 Philadelphia, a 17-year-old student was killed when she crashed her car while texting. The car left the lane, hit the curb, and then crashed into a rock wall. She was well regarded in her local community. Friends wore white to honor her.
Police say she was texting her boyfriend and her sister at the time of the crash.
If you are driving with an electronic device, put it away while you are driving. If it chirps, ignore it or hand it to a passenger so they can see what is going on. It’s not worth putting you or your fellow drivers at risk. If it absolutely cannot wait, pull over somewhere safe before taking the call. Would the person on the other end of the line really want you to get into a crash?
Be safe out there, and avoid distracted driving. This has been a message from Kellis Law.