Texting and driving has been discussed a lot lately with the new North Carolina (NC) law coming in to effect on December 1st that prohibits any driver from texting or emailing while they are driving. Several advocacy groups have spoken out about the dangers of distracted driving, the North Carolina Highway Patrol started the Don’t Text and Drive campaign geared at North Carolina (NC) high school students, and now even Verizon Wireless is on board.
According to Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel, Steven E. Zipperstein, “We support federal legislation to ban texting and e-mailing while driving. This approach is a logical extension of our previous breaks with other wireless companies to support state-wide legislation banning texting and e-mailing while driving.” This is why the wireless giant created the “Don’t Text and Drive” ad campaign. The campaign includes television commercials, billboards, and radio ads all geared towards the importance of distracted driving. The ads are set to run through the holiday season, a time when the importance of keeping family safe is on everyone’s mind.
We at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburnagree with Verizon’s simple message, don’t text and drive. If you are texting you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. My colleague, Jim Lewis, wrote an article about a man who lost both of his legs after being hit by a driver who was texting. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents and one of the easiest to prevent. Pay attention behind the wheel, no text message is worth your life.
You can obtain our free report on the dangerous of distracted driving and the steps you can take to avoid being in a car accident on our website.
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