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Distracted drivers a legitimate fear during the holiday season

In New York and throughout the Metropolitan Area, the roads are constantly busy and crowded with automobiles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. With that, the inherent dangers are apparent.

Distracted drivers is one such danger. However, during the holidays, those issues are exacerbated with bad weather, street closures and holiday travelers added to the mix. When there is an auto accident, it can be due to many factors with distracted driving a common one. These accidents can cause significant damage. Those effected must remember the potential aftermath.

Attempts to encourage drivers to adhere to safety procedures and avoid such risky behaviors as drinking and driving and distracted driving are prominent throughout the state. But, incidents in which people have been convicted of texting and driving and will face jail time combined with anecdotal evidence of distracted driving suggest that the problem is continuing. The vehicular manslaughter conviction stemmed from an accident in Monmouth County when a woman hit another vehicle that subsequently crashed into and killed a 39-year-old who was crossing the street.

According to her, she was adjusting the vehicle's defroster. An investigation showed that she was texting. Given the penalties the woman now faces, it is hoped that people will be deterred from distracted driving. Nearly all 50 states have some form of ban on texting and driving. That includes all states in the Metropolitan area.

The 2017 statistics show that 14 percent of distracted driving motor vehicle accidents were due to people using their cellphones. Despite the law and entreaties for drivers to be cautious, this is expected to be worse during the holidays.

When there is a crash, it is a natural -- and often, an unfortunately accurate assumption -- that a driver was distracted. Considering the potential for serious injuries and fatalities in car accidents due to distractions, it is wise for people who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash to be cognizant that this might have been the catalyst.

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