In the Zone: Does It Help or Hurt Texting Incidents?

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We can’t say it enough: driving distractions are dangerous, and even more and more pronounced with advanced technology at our fingertips no matter where we are. From taking phone calls through a Bluetooth device, to looking down at our phones for an incoming call or text, to taking snapshots from our phones while we are behind the wheel, it becomes less and less possible for us to remain focused on driving when we are behind the wheel.

The new breakthrough emerging in various states across the country is the implementation of “no texting” zones, and offer a place for a driver to pull off safely. While many states have already issued a law governing cell phone use while on the freeways, texting is falling right into that area, as well. Certain parts of the roadways are now designated for texting in an effort to keep drivers off the road and keep their eyes on the road. But, are these texting zones the answer to keeping us safe?

There is no question that designated specific pull-off areas on major roadways are important and necessary. After all, pull-off zones have always come into play in areas of danger. Take the section of a roadway where a steep mountain grades is present. Pull-off zones are implemented so that semis and other faster moving vehicles can have a place to drive off from the highway in order to slow down the vehicle. Rest areas are situated where drivers may become more tired than on other parts of the road; longer stretches of road mean that drivers can be come drowsy. Certain areas of the road offer rest areas as a place to pull over and get a few winks. And, texting is now no exception. Having areas where drivers can pull over and answer a multitude of texts rather than one at a time may actually improve focus and drivability, with the driver knowing he or she will be able to tend to all texts in a more efficient manner, rather than the random text.. “Driving… c u soon.”

What are some things that drivers can do to avoid distractions on the road?

  • Stay focused. Put your phone in an area that is too hard to reach while you are driving, but not close enough where you will try to reach for it. In the trunk, for instance. You are less likely to turn around and reach for it when you know it is completely out of reach.
  • Enlist someone else in your car to manage your phone for you while you are driving; someone who can answer the phone or answer to texts on your behalf.
  • Pay attention at all times to roadway signs, walking pedestrians, warning signals and other roadside distractions.

While it may take years to implement texting zones nationwide, those states that are now implementing it are on the cutting edge of doing what they can do to prevent accidents on the highways. If you have been injured in a car accident what involved someone who was distracted while driving, you may have a serious injury case on your hands. Whether you are in New York or California, distracted drivers are a hazard, and should be dealt with by a firm who is renowned for handling cases of this type.