IS TEXTING THE NEW DRUNK DRIVING?

In a recent article in the LA times, author John Morgan Wilson cites some alarming information. After experiencing a near fatality by a texting driver, he shares the following with us. 

 

Texting is the most common cause of distracted driving accidents. 

Preliminary numbers show that 2017 was the second consecutive year that motor vehicle deaths surpassed 40,000. Another 6,000 pedestrians were killed on California roads due to distracted driving.

Teens are most at risk being four times as likely to get in accidents. Many of these teens downplayed the risk because they have been watching their parents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated

A distracted driver that kills someone faces no more than a vehicular manslaughter charge-up to a year in jail , and possibly no jail time at all.

Senate Bill 1030 Introduced in February by Sen. Josh Newman (D-Orange County) would make it distracted driving a one-point DMV violation that could cost drivers when they renew their coverage. 

As of now, a conviction for driving while using a cellphone doesn't even warrant a bump in insurance rates.