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The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. is proud to announce their upcoming scholarship program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. We will be giving away $2,500 in the form of five $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be available to students and teachers at several public schools within the Asheville community. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must submit a plan to educate their peers and community members about the dangers associated with texting and driving.

How do I Apply?

The scholarship application is available on our website. Applicants must write an essay including their reason for wanting to participate in the program, a detailed step-by-step description of their plan and its implementation, the projected timeline for the plan and explain why the scholarship money is needed and how it will be used. The five students and/or teachers who have the best plans to raise awareness about texting and driving in the community will be awarded the scholarships. Interested applicants will have until October 15, 2015 to apply.

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Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving have become a dangerous epidemic in North Carolina and across the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting behind the wheel. It only takes an instant of inattention to make a devastating, catastrophic or fatal error behind the wheel. Even just reading a text message can put your life and the lives of others on the line.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Asheville

When drivers are focusing on their cell phones, GPS software or other electronic devices, they’re not paying attention to the road. Even a cell phone conversation can be a dangerous distraction behind the wheel. Anytime a driver’s manual, visual or cognitive attention is taken away from the task of driving, they’re distracted driving. It’s not uncommon to see drivers drift out of their lanes or cross centerlines when they’re distracted. One text or call could wreck it all.

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AT&T has recently launched a new app that will help to discourage distracted driving. The “DriveMode” app is designed to automatically send a reply to incoming text messages when the vehicle begins moving at 25 miles per hour. It also disables the noise alerts for text messages that might make checking a message tempting for drivers.

Additionally, calls in or out will also be disabled, except for 911, and up to five contacts that you can put on your “allow list.” Motorists can download the app through Google Play, BlackBerry App World and the AT&T AppCenter.

Although this app doesn’t address every possible way a driver could be distracted behind the wheel, it may help to create awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Developers are also hoping that this app will encourage other drivers to take the “Don’t Text and Drive” pledge. If a distracted driver has injured you, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the distracted driving epidemic in Asheville. After AT&T released the disturbing results of a survey showing that 98 percent of drivers who text at least once a day, said they know texting while driving is dangerous, but 75 percent of them do it anyway.

Reporters went to a busy intersection in Asheville to get the scoop on local distracted driving behaviors. They saw about 10 texters in 10 minutes, and talked to local motorists about the impacts of distracted driving. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is an important part of keeping roadways safe in Asheville and across the state.

There are even a variety of anti-distracted driving apps available. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging drivers to put down their cell phones. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. Teen drivers, and their parents, are encouraged to take “The Pledge” to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

It’s critical to note that while cell phones are easily the most popular form of distraction behind the wheel, other behaviors and items can serve as distractions too. Any task that takes a driver’s cognitive, manual or visual attention away from driving is considered a distraction. Eating food, changing the radio station and day dreaming are all types of distractions behind the wheel. Commit to driving distraction free this summer and all year long. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

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South Carolina is no longer one of the few remaining states without a texting ban. As of last Tuesday, it’s now illegal to text and drive in South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Governor Haley signed the new law last week. Under this new statewide texting ban, drivers can still use their phones while they’re stopped at red lights. South Carolina’s statewide texting ban makes it the 49th state to pass this type of legislation. Montana is only remaining state that still doesn’t have a statewide texting-while-driving law.

South Carolina’s Statewide Texting Ban

WLOS News also reports that law enforcement officers will write warnings for the first six months. After the six-month grace period, the fine for texting while driving is $50, but it won’t impact your insurance premiums. Jill Littlejohn with Greenville City Council wants drivers to know that it’s not about writing tickets and catching offenders, it’s about improving roadway safety across the state.

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As of April 1st, distracted drivers who are caught in Greenville will be facing hefty fines. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the new distracted driving ban in Greenville. Community concern prompted the ban which was passed on February 10th. Hands-free devices will still be allowed, but drivers should note that the ordinance says “The act of touching a mobile device, whether it is being hand held or not, to text message is never considered hands free.”

The Fines

$100 for the first offense

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Cell phone map.jpegOnly four states in the U.S. currently ban cell phone use while driving. Florida appears ready to join the list, as the newest version of a bill banning all cell phone use while driving has just been filed. North Carolina will probably not be joining that list anytime soon.

Last year, during the 2011-2012 Legislative sessions, Garland Pierce, Democrat-Scotland, introduced a bill banning all cell phone use. The bill encountered significant opposition while it was in committee, most notably from Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger. Several committee members remarked that they felt the bill infringed on citizens’ rights. What they could not articulate was which specific rights they felt the bill might be infringing upon. That outcry was enough to effectively kill the bill, as Representative Pierce withdrew the bill, rather than have it die a slow death in committee.

One town in North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has shown some independent responsibility by banning all cell phone use within the town’s city limits. That sounds pretty strong, but the law had so many loopholes that it was really just a symbolic law aimed at spurring the North Carolina Legislature to act responsibly and pass a stronger state law restricting cell phone use. The Chapel Hill law was over-turned by a Superior Court Judge in August in a ruling that found the town ordinance was preempted by the current state law that limits cell phone use while driving.
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cell control device.jpgYou’ve heard the statistics: nearly 6000 dead and over 500,000 injured. The death and destruction on our roads continues, and at a recent safety summit in Washington, D.C., the experts are blaming cell phones.

A device at the recent 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), received a big award for stopping texting while driving.

A company called “Scosche” introduced CellControl. The electronic device plugs into a computer port in your car and after downloading an app to your, or your child’s, smartphone, it restricts cell phone use if the vehicle is moving.
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cell phones prohibited.jpgWith the epidemic of texting while driving causing more and more serious crashes, injuries and deaths, the North Carolina Legislature is taking up the issue of a total ban of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly covered the story this week.

Representatives Garland Pierce, D-Hoke, and Charles Graham, D-Robeson, filed the bill to ban cell phone use while driving on February 2, 2011. The bill is known as H. 31 and is titled, “An act to make using a mobile phone unlawful while driving a motor vehicle on a public street or highway or public vehicular area.” The bill is currently in the House Rules Committee.

The bill basically bans any use of a cell phone, even via blue tooth hands-free technology, while one is operating a motor vehicle. This ban would include school bus drivers. The only exception under the new bill would be in the case of an emergency.

The penalty for violating the proposed new law would be a $100 fine and no insurance points.
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