The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched its new distracted driving public service announcement (PSA), “OMG,” which informs teenagers about the potential risks of distracted driving. If you haven’t already seen any of the new PSAs yourself, they will be playing throughout the country in December on Regal Cinema movie theatre screens and on gas station pump-top screens.
The PSA comes at a time when an increased amount of drivers, especially teenaged motorists who are out of school on winter vacation, will be on the road throughout the holiday season seeing family and friends, shopping, and doing other activities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stated that the PSA aims to stress to teenage drivers the “importance of keeping their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their focus on driving at all times.”
One of the PSAs can be viewed below:
It may be hard to believe that only 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam have established bans against texting and driving by all drivers. In addition, only nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have placed a ban on all hand-held cell phone use while driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 5,474 individuals died on U.S. roadways and an additional 448,000 suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents that were reported to be associated with distracted driving. Moreover, of the individuals killed in distracted driving accidents, 995 were associated with cell phone use as a distraction. For those injured in distracted driving collisions, 24,000 were associated with cell phone distraction.
Distracted drivers who cause serious accidents can be held legally responsible for any injuries, property damage, and fatalities associated with the crash. A car accident attorney in Los Angeles at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley has the legal experience and resources to hold distracted and negligent drivers liable so that injury victims can obtain the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. For a free consultation and to find out more about how our lawyers can be of assistance, call 213-514-8332 today.