On 6/21/13, the New Jersey senate approved a bill called "Nikki's Law" which will result in signs being put up warning drivers that texting and driving is prohibited under New Jersey state law. The bill still has to be signed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The bill is named after Nikki Kellenyi, an 18 year old girl from Washington Township, NJ, who died in an car accident in 2012. The bill requires appropriate signage to be put up on the road to inform drivers that texting while driving is dangerous.
Use of cell phones while driving often causes cognitive, visual and manual distractions. Drivers who talk on the phone and text while driving often miss signs, signals and exits and have slower reaction times.
New Jersey law prohibits drivers from using cell phones, smart phones and other hand held devices while driving. This includes both texting and talking on the phone.
Currently, Pennsylvania's law only prohibits drivers from texting on the phone while driving. Therefore, many drivers are still talking on the phone while driving. They may think they are "safe" drivers and can talk while they drive. The sad part is drivers only learn their lesson and stop talking or texting while driving after it's too late, i.e. after they cause that accident and injure innocent victims. Worse, they may cause innocent lives to be taken.
At White and Williams, LLP, we offer an educational program to juniors and seniors at local high schools by talking to them about the dangers of texting while driving through our experience as personal injury lawyers who represent victims of distracted driving. We also show the young drivers the dangerous effects of texting while driving via a driving simulator.
If you would like to learn more about our community outreach program: The Teen Driving Summit, feel free to contact us at 877.944.8396.