The Fostoria Area Safety Council is trying to prevent fatal traffic crashes with area youth. To do so, the safety council along with AT&T, state lawmakers, local law enforcement, and school administrators are speaking to students regarding the dangers involved with texting and driving.
Texting and Driving Statistics
There were 385 people killed in 2011 and 21,000 were injured in car accidents in which a cell phone was being used.
In Seneca County, 42-percent of the 453 traffic crashes involved drivers ages 15-19 throughout the past 5 years. Eleven of these crashes ended in fatalities.
The campaign that Fostoria is doing is a two-year “It Can Wait” campaign, including a presentation that explains the consequences of texting and driving, encouraging students to make a lifelong commitment to not text and drive.
Mayor Eric Keckler said, “(Texting and driving) can change your life or someone else’s life completely. It’s a mistake you can never take back.”
The Director of External Affairs with AT&T, Dennis Hellmann, shared a documentary titled “The Last Text.” It included real-life examples of people who have been affected by texting and driving accidents.
One male in the video explains how a simple text of “Where r” that another driver sent caused him to be involved in an accident that resulted in his inability to lead a normal life as he is now physically and mentally impaired from. For information regarding accident injuries, call our lawyers at 800.637.8170.
Ohio Texting and Driving
In Ohio, drivers under 18 are prohibited from using any electronic wireless communication device while driving, and are prohibited from texting and driving. Using a cell phone while driving is a secondary offense for adults 18 years and older and a primary offense for individuals 17 years and younger. The violation is $150 for a first-time offender along with a 60-day suspension of their driver’s license. Any offenses after that involved a $300 fine and a suspension of one year.
Our office is happy to hear that Fostoria is taking the extra effort to communicate the dangers of texting and driving. It is a serious problem on our roadways as we have written in the past through our blog. If these additional efforts save just one person from an accident, than they will be worth it.
For more information regarding the program in Fostoria, read this article.
If you wish to find information regarding the legal consequences of texting and driving when an accident and injuries are caused, call our lawyers at 800.637.8170. We would be happy to explain the legal rights of an individual who has been injured in an accident and how they can go about receiving compensation for their injuries.