This upcoming Saturday, July 1st, a new law making texting while driving a primary offense takes effect in Iowa which will enable law enforcement officers to issue a ticket if they observe a motorist texting while driving.
Previously, officers were limited to issuing citations to texting drivers only when they committed another offense in addition to texting, such as running a red light. As of this weekend, the gloves are officially off so drivers caught texting, checking social media sites and the like may be pulled over.
Under the new law, the fine for texting while driving is $30, but add in the court costs and drivers are looking at about $100 a ticket. The prospect of being pulled over along with the fine will likely deter many drivers.
Some feel that it is just in time, given the expected increase in July 4th holiday traffic. Because texting while driving increases crash risks 23 times over non distracted driving, and 1 and 3 drivers admit they are guilty of the practice, many believe stricter laws will make the roads safer for everyone.
Contact an Experienced Iowa Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, distracting driving – including texting while driving – is among the leading causes of car accidents across the nation. Sadly, many car accident injuries and fatalities result when drivers do not act responsibly. Attorney Marc Humphrey has been practicing personal injury law for over three decades. He employs a highly experienced team of accident reconstruction experts and cell phone forensics experts to present overwhelming evidence in distracted driving cases. Insurance companies know that Marc will leave no stone unturned. Attorney Humphrey offers free consultations, free case review, and there are never any fees unless he wins at trial or settles your case. If you or your family member has been injured in an Iowa distracted driving car accident, contact the personal injury law offices of Marc Humphrey at 515-331-3510.