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Technology could allow officers to better enforce distracted driving laws

Distracted driving is, as readers know, a growing concern for highway safety advocates. As we mentioned in our last post, growing use of cell phone technology is not helping the matter, as drivers are increasingly drawn into their devices when they really should be paying attention to the road.

While most states have passed some sort of regulations on the use of cell phones by drivers, it isn’t always easy for police officers to actually enforce those laws. According to Distraction.gov, West Virginia prohibits all drivers from both texting and utilizing hand-held cell phones. That means that drivers can speak on the phone if they are using an earphone or Bluetooth-type device.  Whatever the law in question, officers can run into the issue of a driver denying that he or she was actually using their phone for a prohibited purpose while driving. Technology being developed in Virginia, however, could make it easier for officers to track those who are using their phones while driving. 

The technology involves a radar gun which is able to distinguish between radio frequencies for texts, voice and data broadcasting.  The technology would allow officers to better enforce state laws by giving them a means of gathering evidence other than what they claim to have seen and what the driver admits to doing. Though the technology still has some privacy challenges to overcome, it will hopefully be developed soon to be put to use in the battle against distracted driving.

Those who are harmed in a distracted driving accident don’t have to rely on police officers imposing mild penalties to have a sense of justice in their case. Filing personal injury litigation allows an injured motorist to obtain needed compensation for medical bills and other losses. The important thing is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure the best outcome in one’s case.

Source: Tech Times, “Police radar device targets speeding and texting while driving,” Quinten Plummer, September 17, 2014. 

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