Texting Near Schools Puts Children at Risk of InjuryNovember 27, 2017
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. When a driver’s attention is off the road, even for a few seconds, a serious accident can occur when you least expect it. Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior, even though they know it is unsafe. In fact, according to research, 88 percent of motorists use their cell phones while they are driving. What is even more disturbing is how many people text while driving through a school zone. With the number of children crossing the streets in these busy areas, one moment of distraction can make a parent’s worst nightmare a reality.
According to a new study that analyzed close to four million motorists who regularly drove in the vicinity of 75,000 schools, distracted driving is a serious problem. Based on the cities that were analyzed, researchers found that the distracted driving issue was a bigger problem in urban school zones, compared to more rural areas. In addition, they found that the period of time between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. was approximately 40 percent more dangerous than the morning commute.
Data May Help Law Enforcement Target Trouble Zones
Jonathan Matus is the CEO of Zendrive, which is the company responsible for conducting the research. Matus explained that the information they collected was put into a computerized map program – called the Zendrive School Safety Snapshot – that would enable anyone to search the name of a school, and if it was part of the study, they can see how it ranked. Some of the schools received an average A+ grade for phone use while driving. Others received failing grades. Matus is hopeful that this data will provide law enforcement officials with valuable information they can use to fix the problem. In the urban areas that have poorer ratings, police can allocate more resources to those areas.
Parents can also access the information and take it to their local school boards, said Matus. Schools have a responsibility to keep children safe whenever they are on school property. By providing a scorecard, backed by concrete data, it holds the school accountable and helps them allocate their resources to the areas that need it most.
Keeping their children safe is every parent’s top priority. Car accidents and pedestrian accidents are some of the leading causes of fatality among teens in the United States, and distracted driving is one of the main culprits.
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Children’s safety should not be compromised, particularly on school property, for the sake of sending or receiving a text. If you or your child has been seriously injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We take this issue very seriously and we will ensure that the person responsible for the accident is held liable for your child’s injuries. We will not stop until we have secured the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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