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Distracted driving could impact your driving record

Many San Diego motorists may not be aware of recent changes in local traffic laws until they receive citations and fines for driving with their cellphones in hand. Distracted driving is worse than drunk driving. More people drive while distracted than they do while intoxicated. Studies show distracted motorists are more dangerous on the roads than drunk drivers, yet the penalties they receive are less harsh. 

Currently, any time law enforcement catches a motorist operating a motor vehicle with a cellphone in hand, the driver receives a citation and a small fine. Repeat offenses net higher fines. However, many motorists pay them and resume using their cellphones to surf social media, text and talk while navigating the roads. 

Distracted driving destroys lives 

Motorists may not understand how much their lives can change when they collide with other vehicles, nor do they realize how much irreparable harm they can cause to others. Besides the dangers of sustaining life-threatening injuries, they could be liable for any injuries and death they bring to others. The risks do not justify the temptation to fail to focus on the roads and driving. 

The laws are changing to increase accountability 

In a move to force drivers to pay more attention to the task of safe driving, lawmakers want to make minor changes to the recently passed distracted driving law. The modifications will increase the penalties distracted motorists face if they are caught using their cellphones while operating their vehicles. If the law goes through, distracted drivers could end up with tarnished driving records, which can cause far-reaching financial consequences. The law would make distracted driving a point-accruing offense and moving violation. Repeat offenders could end up losing their driving privileges. 

Anyone who thinks they have nothing to worry about when texting, talking and other distracted driving activities should rethink their decision. The risks are high and the penalties are increasing. Though the penalties pale in comparison to the consequences distracted driving crash victims must endure, they are necessary to improve overall road safety.

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