Texting and Driving Could Lead to Criminal and Civil Consequences
Recently, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has launched a “designated texter” campaign. Central Florida residents are encouraged to go online and take a pledge to assign a designated person to handle texting instead of the vehicle driver. In addition, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority is urging those taking the pledge to submit their reason for taking the pledge. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “each day more than 1,200 people are injured in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver.” In addition, 52% of U.S. drivers age 18-29 reported texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days. Clearly, texting and driving poses a great risk for your safety and the safety of others. However, it could also lead to serious criminal and civil consequences. For example, if you cause an accident as a result of texting, your cell phone records could be subpoenaed. As you can imagine, every text and phone call made will be listed in your phone records. In addition, the exact time of the text or call will also be listed. As such, the negligent or reckless texter will not be able to escape civil and/or criminal liability. In other words think twice next time before you text and drive.