Texting While Driving - Distracted Driving in North Carolina

Of the many different traffic offenses and citations and written in North Carolina, none is arguably more dangerous than texting while driving or other wise being distracted while driving.

Of the more than 172,000 people killed in car crashes over the past five years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved was otherwise distracted. These statistics come from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To be guilty or responsible for texting while driving, one must be proven to have operated a motor vehicle either:

  1. by manually entering multiple letters of text as a means with communicating with another person, or
  2. reading any email or text stored within your device.

Note that an exception to this rule is that if you are LAWFULLY stopped or parked, at a stop light or stop sign for example.

But your cell phone does not solely cause distracted driving. The analysis found daydreaming or a state of general distraction or otherwise being lost in thought was the number one distraction associated with fatal crashes. Remember that these investigations are performed by law enforcement after a crash takes place and are subject to the information provided to law enforcement by both victims and perpetrators alike.

The FARS data provided a list of some of the most common and least common days of the years and causes of fatal accidents. Below are the top and bottom five from 2013 through 2017. Generally speaking, weekends in the Summer are the most dangerous time.

Top 5 Most Dangerous:

  1. Saturdays in September
  2. Saturdays in May
  3. Fridays in October
  4. Saturdays in August
  5. Fridays in July

Bottom 5 Least Dangerous:

  1. Sundays in December
  2. Thursdays in February
  3. Mondays in January
  4. Wednesdays in February
  5. Tuesdays in February

If you have been charged with texting while driving, it is only an infraction. It is a non-moving violation as well; this means that you would not be assessed license or insurance points if convicted. However, driving while distracted can lead to your involvement in a motor vehicle collision, additional charges such as reckless driving, as well as the potential to cause injury or death to another person, a family member, or yourself.

If you have been charged with an offense such as texting while driving or other North Carolina traffic ticket, give Attorney Cotten a call. He has hundreds of reviews from satisfied clients. You can also visit our website to chat live with an assistant 24 hours a day. Our office serves clients in central North Carolina including Wake, Johnston, Harnett, Orange, Sampson, Lee, and Chatham Counties.

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