Distracted driving is dangerous driving. The concept of distracted driving is nothing new. It has been around for as long as we’ve had vehicles. However, distracted driving has taken on a whole new meaning over the last decade.
With the rise of smartphones and our reliance on them for everything that we do, distracted driving has become a serious cause of vehicle crashes. Today, we want to discuss which county is the worst in Georgia for distracted driving as well as how the rest of the state stacks up.
Jackson County leads the way when we look at distracted driving incidents. With a population of a little more than 60,000, they currently have around 5.72 distracted driving citations for every 1,000 people.
Counties all over Georgia have problems with distracted driving. The next four counties on the list are:
Georgia has taken some serious steps to curb distracted driving in the state. Several laws are not in place to deter drivers from even thinking about using their cell phones.
Drivers of commercial vehicles need to follow all Georgia laws related to distracted driving. Drivers of large commercial trucks are also subject to the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA regulations are summed up nicely by the following:
Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A distracted driving crash with one of these vehicles will usually result in serious injuries or fatalities. The FMCSA has major penalties in place for those caught driving while distracted, with fines of up to $2,750.
While the focus has been on electronic devices, it is also important to remember that distracted driving is also caused by:
Distracted driving can lead to serious vehicle crashes. Some of the most common injuries we see as a result of distracted driving crashes include: