Senator Blake Johnson of Corning recently introduced a bill to help clarify laws against distracted driving in Arkansas. An article on this measure is available here.
Senator Johnson indicates he has seen a marked increase in incidents of distracted driving in Arkansas. With this in mind, he examined how existing state laws align with definitions under federal law.
The legislator says he has introduced this new bill to correct the discrepancies he found. The new bill—according to Johnson—would help provide clarity for law enforcement. He hopes stricter enforcement will deter drivers from giving in to distraction, and ultimately make our roads safer.
A Deadly Week in Arkansas
The same week Senator Johnson introduced his bill, the Arkansas State Police reported seven traffic fatalities related to six collisions. This includes a multiple-vehicle incident in St. Francis County which killed two people.
In another incident in Jonesboro, a driver struck two pedestrians crossing the street—killing one and injuring another. Overall, the Arkansas State Police report 89 traffic fatalities so far in 2019—compared to 82 for the same period last year.
Distracted Driving Remains a Danger
As we reported in an earlier blog, distracted driving kills at least nine Americans every day—injures 100 more. With this in mind, the National Safety Council (NSC) has declared April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
At the same time, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have released the results of a survey on distracted driving in the United States which tells us cellphone use has increased 57% percent over surveys in previous years. In addition, the Foundation for Traffic Safety—part of the American Automobile Association (AAA)—tells us 64% of Americans indicate distracted driving is a more-serious problem compared to three years ago.
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