Texting while behind the wheel is a dangerous habit that has cost many lives across the country. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined this potentially lethal practice is also a public health risk.

In a recent report, CDC researchers state that distractions due to mobile devices are as much of a concern on the road as intoxication, speeding and not using seatbelts.

These findings are the result of a survey of approximately 3,700 Americans. An estimated 70 percent of respondents admitted that they talk on a cellphone as they operate a motor vehicle. In addition, about 31 percent said they either send or receive texts while driving.

The CDC is not alone in feeling alarmed. A South Carolina legislator also thinks something needs to be done to address the issue of texting at the wheel.

South Carolina’s Texting Proposal

South Carolina is one of six states left that does not regard texting while driving as illegal. But State Representative Wendell Gilliard has sponsored a bill that makes it a crime to text in driving situations.

Under Gilliard’s bill, a first-time offender could be fined $250or sentenced to 30 days in prison with a license suspension for 30 days. A person who is convicted a second time would be fined $1,000 or given 60 days in prison plus a 60-day license suspension and 2 points on the driver’s license.

This bill is now under consideration in the General Assembly.

Currently, 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have laws against texting while driving.

Need Legal Help?

Automobile crashes can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes drivers are distracted by mobile devices, which may resultin devastating consequences. Our South Carolina car accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm understand that no matter the cause, a car accident can have physical, emotional and financial repercussions for all involved. If you or someone you love is the victim of a motor vehicle crash, contact us for a free consultation at 877-941-2615 or fill out our convenient online form today.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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