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Could this new in-vehicle app increase distracted driving?

Distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic offense in recent years, as increased cell phone use while driving has caused a surge in driving accidents. In fact, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a general decline in incidents of drunk driving, compared to a 650% increase in distracted driving accidents over a seven-year period.

Distracted driving crisis fueled by ignorance of problem

Last Friday, we noted on this blog that restrictions on the use of smartphones and other handheld devices by truck drivers are enacted to help prevent accidents and save lives. Why, one might ask, are similar laws for passenger vehicles slow to follow? Part of the answer lies in the fact that meaningful data regarding smartphone use and car accidents is difficult to obtain, or simply not being collected at all.

Car accidents present a danger to pedestrians


Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here are well aware of the dangers that Houston residents face whenever they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drunk driving, distracted driving and negligent commercial vehicle drivers are all a major concern for motorists. But, motorists in Texas aren't the only ones who need to be concerned about these dangers -- pedestrians are frequently in danger as well.

Distracted drivers will be a topic in special legislative session


Distracted driving continues to be one of the most prominent traffic-related issues that states throughout the country are addressing. While most states have already passed some form of legislation to address certain aspects of distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, state legislatures continue to "tweak" some provisions of their laws.

How dangerous are distracted drivers?


We all have heard about the dangers of distracted driving. With the popularity of smartphones, tablets and social media to keep today's generation seemingly glued to their devices, it comes as no surprise to many in Texas that distracted driving and subsequent serious, catastrophic and even deadly accidents have become almost an epidemic throughout the country.

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