Georgia's New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect July 1 & Driving While Black
PUT YOUR PHONES DOWN.. WARNING.. Firstly it is dangerous to yourself and others on the road to be distracted by your cellular device and secondly this gives another reason for unnecessary confrontation with police. And if you are "African" American, or Latino it is better to not have to deal with a routine police stops, as too many incidents escalate into wrongful incarceration or even DEATH. Now is not the time to have police all in your face.
Simple things like connecting your phone to the Aux or via your bluetooth are ways to take calls and keep your eyes on the road.
“If the phone’s in their hand, they’re violating the law,” said Sgt. First Class Chris Stallings, who leads the Georgia State Patrol’s motorcycle unit.
According to the National Safety Council:
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field.
Texting while driving causes a 400 percent increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
So mixing the above statistics with DRIVING WHILE BLACK is a recipe for failure, incarceration, and unnecessary financial burdens.. and oh while your at it PUT ON YOUR SEAT BELT. For those that think Driving While Black is not and issue, you should watch this NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EPISODE dedicated to this epidemic: