Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been illegal as long as anyone can remember but during its last session, the Utah Legislature passed a law also making it illegal to text while driving. The law went into effect in May but it appears that texting and drinking may have played rolls in an accident last Friday.
The accident occurred at 700 East and 550 South in Salt Lake City when a female driver veered while changing lanes. She clipped a park car and rolled her own causing minor injuries. Witnesses said that the driver was texting at the time of the accident and a beer can was found in her car. Police are investigating the woman’s cell phone records and are awaiting blood alcohol test results.
The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are well known and the dangers associated with texting while driving should be by now. In case you need a reminder, check out this story by CBS News, or this article by Road & Travel Magazine – the list of tragic stories and studies of the dangers goes on. So here is a thought; maybe it’s time to return to the age of driving before we had cell phones – put the phone down and use drive time to catch up with passengers, listen to a favorite radio program or music selection, or just have some time for quiet reflection – all while keeping your eyes on the road, of course.
Bret Hanna of Wrona DuBois in Utah, focuses exclusively on litigating plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, in mediations, and in administrative proceedings in Michigan and Utah since 1991.