TXDOT: Distracted Driving Crashes Increased 10% in 2022
April 7, 2023
According to Texas Department of Transportation, distracted driving deaths increased 10% in 2022. Approximately one of every six crashes on Texas roadways last year was attributed to distracted driving.
Texas law prohibits the following:
- You cannot send or receive electronic messages while driving in Texas.
- Drivers with learner's permits are prohibited from using cellphones in the first six months of driving.
- Using any handheld device in your vehicle in a school zone is illegal.
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using handheld devices.
- School bus drivers may not use cellphones at all while driving if children are present.
Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable.
Always give driving your full attention—any distraction is dangerous. Put your phone away, turn it off or use an app or phone settings to block texts and calls while driving. Pull off the road entirely and come to a complete stop before you use your phone. Tell friends, family and coworkers you won't respond to texts or calls while driving. Avoid eating or drinking until you are parked.
The Girards Law Firm helps the families of those injured or killed by distracted drivers. Call 214-346-9529 for a free consultation.