Great word: “Intexticated” - I just heard it for the first time a few days ago.
“Intexticated” refers to driving while paying more attention to your mobile device than to the road (and others on the road). It is a growing problem, which Zachar Law Firm often preaches about.
The amount of distractions to drivers on the road is greater than ever, and the people with the most knowledge of mobile devices – young people – also happen to be the least experienced behind the wheel. This, my friends, is a recipe for disaster.
What can be done about this? Well, until the Arizona Legislature decides to make the use of hand-held devices while driving illegal (the Legislature has thus far rejected every attempt to do this), or until manufacturers create the technology to disable the devices while driving (with the exception of blue tooth use), or until people wake up and realize the danger, there is only one alternative: Education, education, education.
We need to educate and re-educate drivers on the roadway. Teaching a young person to drive is difficult enough without adding in the distraction of mobile technology. In my opinion, there should be mandatory driver’s education courses for all new licensees.
Courses could be introduced to teenagers in high school and paid for by the State through driver’s license fees and/or renewal fees, by something as simple as adding $10 to the cost of each driver’s license or renewal fee, to create, implement and maintain a “Safe New Driver” program.
Sure, some might complain about paying an additional $10, but, really? Wouldn’t the minimal cost be worth the maximal benefit? If the program emphasizes safety, if it makes at least one young driver think – and wait – instead of pulling out their cell phone, wouldn’t it be worth it?
In Arizona, most driver’s licenses are valid until the driver turns 65 years old, meaning they are good for almost 50 years. Would you object to paying 20 cents a year to help train teens to be safer drivers on the road?
While there is no guarantee here, we have to do something more. A State law banning the use of mobile devices – even if one is eventually enacted – is not enough.
We should not rely on manufacturers of these devices to come up with the solution. (Kids are too smart anyway - they’ll figure a way around it.) The only real solution is EDUCATION.
On behalf of Zachar Law Firm, I wish you all a happy, prosperous and safe 2014!!