Most people think that distracted driving is limited to driving while texting, but it takes many other forms as well-putting a CD in the stereo, trying to break up a fight in the backseat, or simply watching the scenery, rather than the road. The bulk of accidents involving distracted drivers, though, involve the use of handheld devices. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation website-www.distraction.gov-nearly 700,000 drivers may be texting, talking or looking up something on a handheld device at any given moment.
In New Jersey, reckless driving is a serious offense, with the potential for five insurance points, as well as five points on your driving record. You won't risk the automatic loss of driving privileges if you are convicted of reckless driving, but the court has the discretion to temporarily take away your license. In addition, the points you receive can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges, a fine of up to $200 and up to 60 days in jail.
Do you think hands - free technology solves the problem of distracted driving? Even if you are looking at the road and have both hands on the wheel, you may still be distracted and less alert to road hazards if you are using a hands - free device, according to a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the University of Utah.