On behalf of Attorney David L. Zerbe posted in Criminal Law on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
It can seem like no big deal to check an incoming notification on your phone, but each notification puts you in danger of getting into an accident. A 2017 study shows that drivers use their phones for three and a half minutes per every hour that they drive, and that smartphones are used in 88 percent of all trips.
Even though most of us know that texting and driving — even checking a notification while driving — increases the danger of a car crash. So why does it still occur?
Can you be addicted to your cell phone?
Yes, you can. According to a study by Common Sense Media, 69 percent of adults check their phones at least hourly and 48% feel as though they need to immediately respond to a text or notification. When you pair these statistics with getting in your car for a road trip, there is the potential for a lot of screen time while driving.
What are the consequences?
Apart from getting into a serious accident, you could face a distracted driving charge. Checking your phone while driving is both a cognitive and visual distraction, taking both your mind and eyes off the road. Indiana takes texting and driving seriously, which is why it is against the law. Being charged for texting and driving comes with a fine of up to $500.
Distracted driving include the following behavior:
- Reading a text or e-mail
- Typing a message
- Sending a message
Distracted driving is on the rise and the consequences are dangerous as well as expensive. It is wise to protect yourself and keep your phone out of reach while driving.