Distracted driving may be a bigger problem in the United States than in other countries. Research recently conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compared the United States to seven European countries and found that Americans have higher rates of both talking on a cell phone and texting while driving.
Specifically, the study indicated that 69 percent of drivers had used a cell phone within 30 days of being surveyed, compared to 21 percent of drivers in the United Kingdom. Additionally, 31 percent of drivers in the United States had engaged in texting (reading or sending), with 15 percent of drivers in Spain doing the same.
The age group most likely to talk on a cell phone in the United States were between the ages of 25 and 44 years old. However, those between 18 and 34 years old were more likely to text.
Cell Phone and Texting Laws in New York
In New York, no one is allowed to use a cell phone while driving. The only exceptions would be to call 9-1-1 or emergency services (police, fire and medical). Those who violate this law could pay a fine up to $100, and up to $85 in fees and surcharges. Additionally, points may be added to the driver’s license.
New York drivers are also not allowed to text (or email) while driving. Fines can be as much as $150, with the same fees and surcharges. This offense may also lead to points added to the driver’s license.
When someone has been injured in a crash, whether or not the other driver was distracted by a cell phone, it may be beneficial to contact an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates to go over legal options. We can help evaluate the circumstances of the case and prove another driver was negligent by using his or her cell phone while driving.