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The determination to deter distracted driving

Decades have passed since drunk driving stops usually resulted in the police officer following the impaired driver home to “sleep it off.” Yet, as accidents causing injury and death grew and received more media attention, awareness of the deadly dangers of impaired operation increased as well. State lawmakers found themselves forced to revisit existing statutes to deter future acts of driving a vehicle while under the influence.

Countering A Cutting-Edge Form Of Impairment

Modern technology has inadvertently created a new form of distracted driving. No longer are drugs and alcohol the exclusive means to tragic ends. Smart phones have created a different type of impairment with drivers more focused on screens than the road ahead of them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3,500 people died in 2016 from distracted driving with 14 percent of those crashes involving the use of a cell phone.

Cellebrite, a company based in Israel, is responding to the dangerous and deadly problem with equally cutting-edge technology. When connected to a smart phone, the “Textalyzer” analyzes the smart device for texting and other types of user activity.

If proposed legislation passes, Nevada would be the first state to allow law enforcement to check for any type of phone use following an accident. It would also represent a key piece of evidence in building a strong personal injury claim.

Criminal penalties are now at a level where the severity creates a social stigma that surrounds drunk and distracted driving. Yet, the strictest of laws will never account for the tragic aftermath that leaves victims of negligence and their family members in physical pain and emotional trauma.

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