Texting while driving is frowned upon in most communities. In the city of Arlington, though, it may soon be illegal.
Distracted driving is a significant hazard. The NHSTA reports that 20% of injury crashes in 2009 were a result of distracted driving. It’s broken down into three types of distraction:
- Visual — taking your eyes off the road
- Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
What makes texting while driving so prominent an issue is that it involves all three types of distracted driving.
- Visual – you take your eyes off the road to look at your phone
- Manual – you take at least one hand (but usually both!) off the wheel to type a response
- Cognitive – your mind becomes divided between interpreting your environment and writing a text
Most people, including auto accident lawyer Jeff Rasansky, encourage drivers to focus when driving. Limit distractions, including texting. I like what Amy Kats said when Fox News interviewed her:
If I need to text, I would pass my phone to my kids and let them do it for me.
Way to go Amy!
Whatever the decision Arlington officials make, we hope that you as an individual are committed to safe driving in Dallas. In fact, the Rasansky Law Firm is offering a free gift to help people remember not to text and drive.