Drinking and driving, for obvious reason, is illegal. Lawmakers have also
been pushing to enforce cell phone and texting and driving laws, by laying
down severe penalties. Not every state has cell phone laws; at the same
time, some states do have laws, but the laws may be less strict, or there
may be some loopholes in the interpretation of those laws. Every case
will be different, as well, and every court and judge will have their
own interpretation of the events.
Cell phone laws have arisen in response to a need for more law enforcement
on the matter. There is a growing number of accidents that have occurred
from using the phone while driving. It begs the question as to whether
or not distracted driving and drunk driving are equally dangerous?
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted
driving, texting and driving, in particular, is at least six times more
dangerous than drunk driving accidents.
Distracted drivers who are using a cell phone or texting and driving often
displayed slower reaction times, were much more likely to brake prematurely
or suddenly, maintained longer distances between themselves and the driver
ahead. It may be likely because the driver’s attention is caught
between maintaining a conversation and focusing on driving.
By far, the majority of distracted driving accidents occur because of texting
and driving. Younger drivers are more susceptible to getting into a collision
due to texting while driving. Whether you are arrested for drunk driving
or cell phone violations, the fact is that these actions detract from
your focus on the road and jeopardize others’ safety. This is why
the penalties can be so severe.
How Can an Attorney Help?
After being arrested for
DUI, you or your loved one will need aggressive defense as soon as possible.
There are only10 days between the time of arrest and your right to protect
your license from being suspended or revoked. Our Ventura DUI attorney is experienced in handling DUI cases and is
fully capable of handling even the most complicated of cases. He is also
a former law enforcement officer who can use that insight to build a compelling
defense in your favor.
Do not wait to seek legal representation if you have been arrested—contact The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert today!