Despite Constant Push, Texas Does Not Ban Phone Use While Driving

Distracted Driving

Is Minnesota Hands-Free Driving Law Coming to Texas? - Reyeslaw.com

For the last decade, texting while driving has been an incredibly daunting issue in the state of Texas. Even after Texas lawmakers put a ban on electronic messaging while driving, Texans still drive and use their phones. We all see it happen every single day. It is a regular occurrence to see someone distracting themselves with a cell phone in the driver’s seat.

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The Very Real Dangers of Texting and Driving

Distracted Driving

The Very Real Dangers of Texting and Driving - Reyes Browne Reilley

If you were to explain just how dangerous texting and driving is to a teenager, what would you say? One solution would be to ask whether they would drive the length of a football field at 55mph blindfolded. It’s an accurate analogy, considering that the average time a driver takes their eyes off the road to use their smartphone is 4.6 seconds.

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Texting & Driving by the Numbers

Distracted Driving

Texting and Driving By the Numbers - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm

You see it just about every day you drive your own car. Whether you do it yourself, or you spot someone in traffic staring down at a stoplight. There are constant issues with texting and driving happening at monumental rates. The problem truly exists in far more statistics than you can imagine. This is the very beginning of Reyes Browne Reilley’s law blog series on distracted driving. Please don’t read this while you operate your own vehicle!

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Tesla: More Safety Issues on the Horizon

Tesla AutoPilot Urged to be Shutdown By Lawmakers - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm

In the wake of the unveiling of Tesla’s new pick up called the Tesla Cybertruck, lawmakers are trying to find ways to slow down Tesla’s desire to make driving Autonomous. Lawmakers are stating that Tesla is allowing drivers to sleep at the wheel. However, Tesla has made strides in order to prevent this from happening. Drivers still find a way around their safety protocols.

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Nevada Considering ‘Textalyzer’ Cellphone Scan Technology For Police Use

Nevada Considering 'Textalyzer' Cellphone Scan Technology For Police Use - Reyes Browne Reilley

Although texting while driving is already banned in many states, one state is considering taking this safety measure to the next level. Nevada could potentially pass a legislation which would grant law enforcement officers the ability to search through drivers’ cell phone usage history after a car crash.

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Utah Lowers Legal BAC to 0.05% to Reduce DUIs

Utah Lowers Legal BAC to .05 - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Blog

While drunk driving accidents have been on the decline over the past three decades, many states across the country are starting to strengthening their regulations in the hopes of preventing the reported 11,000 people killed in such accidents nationwide.

Last December, Utah lowered their legal driving blood alcohol content limit to 0.05% in hopes of decreasing the amount of D.U.I arrests. At an average of 30 D.U.I arrests/day, Utah already holds the record for the lowest number of daily D.U.I. arrests across the country. Already recognized as the most heavily restricted state for alcohol distribution/consumption, this new legislation has angered many, including those from the American Beverage Institute, a trade group that is working with bars and restaurants against the new law. “Someone with a 0.05% blood alcohol level is not meaningfully impaired,” says the managing director, Sarah Longwall.

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U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40,000 for the Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, there have been more than 40,000 traffic deaths throughout the United States. Although this number is startlingly high, there has been a slight downward trend over the past two years.

In 2017, the traffic death toll of 40,231 decreased by slightly less than 1% compared to 2016’s count of 40,327. The National Safety Council reports that 2018 is down another 1% with an estimated 40,000 traffic fatalities.

Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates - NSC

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