Arkansas Fights Distracted Driving With “U Drive U Text U Pay” Campaign
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Arkansas today. To help keep inattentive drivers off our roads, the Arkansas car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain many local organizations are educating the public about the risks.
One of these groups is the Arkansas State Police. Their spokesperson, Col. Bill Bryant, stated troopers were out in full force this weekend citing drivers as part of the “U Drive U Text U Pay” campaign.
According to The Courier, Arkansas state law bans drivers from texting, typing, emailing, or using the Internet behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drivers under age 18 are also prohibited from talking on a phone while driving, unless the call is to an emergency number. A violation is considered a primary offense and is punishable by a warning ticket for a first offense and a $100 fine for every offense thereafter.
Last week, troopers stopped drivers they suspected of talking or texting. Their hope is to increase awareness and make inattentive motorists think twice about using a phone by hitting them where it hurts the most—the pocket book.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we are aware of the devastating results of distracted driving accidents. Our Little Rock personal injury lawyers point out that you can do your part by promising to focus on the road each and every time you drive and encouraging others to do the same.