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Big Spike in Traffic Deaths

The biggest spike in traffic deaths in over 50 years has been linked to apps on motorist’s mobile devices. Although distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, modern applications on mobile phones make distracted driving more common. Snapchat, Waze, Pokemon Go, you name it, mobile apps impede a motorists ability to safely navigate the roads. For instance, snapchat allows users to post videos of themselves with the exact speed that they are going

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, highway deaths jumped 10.4% to 17,775 in 2016 compared to 2015. The rate of deaths from auto crashes decreased from 1975 to 2009, but the number of deaths caused by car crashes has actually increased in the last two years. Numerous cases have arose this year of people using snapchat and recording themselves driving just moments before a crash.

For example, in Tampa Fl, officers are investigating a crash where a passenger in a car recorded a snapchat video of the motorist driving at speeds in excess of 115 miles per hour. This incident in Florida is just one of the numerous incidents of snapping and driving throughout the country.

The Department of Transportation outlined a plan to devise a Road to Zero strategy with the goal of eliminating deaths from motor vehicles within 30 years.

Receive a summons for operating your mobile device when driving? An experienced traffic ticket attorney can help. Call our office at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com and we can assist you!

This Social Media App Could Kill Your Kids

Technology is constantly evolving and new forms of social media are being created every day. Snapchat is the newest and most popular social network; just about everyone has it on their phone or knows someone who actively uses it. It’s a combination of a video and photo app complete with the ability to add and write captions, filters and even a speedometer filter. Users, who are largely made up of teens are living in the super connected age; they never want to miss a thing, so they’re always logged on. This means snapping while in school, out with friends and even in the car. The biggest problem with this app is that users are “snapping” while behind the wheel.

According to Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students against Destructive Driving (SADD) a survey that was taken of 11th and 12th graders across the country proved that teens are using snapchat more than any other form of social media when driving. Out of all other possible digital distractions, Snapchat ranked highest at 38%. There are an alarming number of car accidents and fatalities being caused by users that were snapping while driving. The speedometer filter is also a major factor in users snapping while driving. There have been reports of teens in car accidents who were snapping while their speeds were maxing over 100 MPH.

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It’s important that parents have conversations about distracted driving and the consequences of using Snapchat and other social media apps while driving.  With Snapchat’s growing popularity and constant updates making it even more enticing to use whenever and where ever; teens need to know that it’s okay to put the phone down. In New York, lawmakers are pushing for Text and Driving/Distracted Driving tickets to be treated like DWIs. A conviction may result in license suspension. Snapchat’s core users are under the age of 24 and new drivers cannot afford a five point ticket (Improper use of Portable Electronic Device).

Make sure you speak to your children about their phone usage while behind the wheel. Remind them that it is against the law, can cost them (or you the parent) money, points on their record or even worse, their life. If you or someone in your family has received a summons for using an electronic device while driving, please do not hesitate to contact me. Young drivers should not have any infractions on their records, and as an experienced New York Traffic Ticket Attorney I can fight for them. Contact me at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

 

Photo: NY Times