Should Penalties for Distracted Drivers Increase?

Should Penalties for Distracted Drivers Increase?

A lawmaker in Illinois is suggesting that our state should increase penalties for distracted driving. The proposal aims to impose penalties that are roughly equivalent to drunk driving penalties. This would include a 20-month prison sentence for driving accidents that lead to a wrongful death.

Proponents of this proposal argue that cracking down on distracted driving—especially cell phone use in cars—could save many lives each year throughout Illinois.

How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?

A former engineer for a cell phone company was interviewed in an article for, a local news source for Delaware. The engineer claims that talking on a cell phone is similar to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08, which is considered legally drunk. He says that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than talking on the phone. Texting takes both the hands and the eyes away from driving.

According to the Illinois State Police, distracted driving leads to over 1 million car accidents in our country each year. The few seconds a driver takes to view his cell phone while driving increases the chance of an accident by about 400 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 3,000 people are killed each year from distracted drivers.

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[Did You Know? A wide range of hands-free devices are available to allow drivers to use electronic devices and decrease the risk of an accident.]

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