Last week, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called for a federal law to prohibit cell phone use while driving.
LaHood believes that stricter laws are the only way to deal with what he refers to as a national epidemic, according to MSNBC.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2011, about 3,000 deadly car accidents in the U.S. were caused by distracted driving. The agency also said that a persons reaction time while using a cell phone is equivalent to a person driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.
“It used to be that if an officer pulled you over for drunk driving, he would pat you on the back, maybe call you a cab or take you home, but he wouldn’t arrest you,” LaHood said. “Now that has changed, and the same enforcement can work for people who talk on cell phones while driving.”
LaHood says his department is conducting research to determine the effect that hands-free devices and high-tech systems may have on drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation.