Personal Photography Adds to Distracted Driving Danger
Distracted driving is a known danger. As laws are enacted across the nation to limit distractions while driving, technology puts more capabilities in the hands of motorists who already have their hands full.
In October of last year, using a cell phone while driving became a primary offense. This means law enforcement can directly stop motorists who are using cell phones while their vehicles are in motion.
A dangerous new trend in distracted driving is the selfie. In a nation preoccupied with personal photography, the trend has invaded the passenger cab of motor vehicles, leading to activity including:
- Drivers taking pictures of themselves in front of notable locations
- Drivers and passengers taking pictures of themselves while cars are in motion
- Motorists photographing their speedometers or scenery while operating their cars
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 600,000 drivers are operating electronic devices at any given moment during daylight hours in the United States. In Maryland in 2011, more than 200 people were killed in vehicle accidents because of distracted driving and more than 29,000 others were injured.
A recent article in The New York Times discusses the need for cameras that take higher-quality self-images. For now, it is a good idea to keep the devices we currently have out of the hands of drivers.
If injured by a distracted or negligent driver in southern Maryland, speak to an attorney with our firm for knowledgeable legal advice.