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Teens need tough love to stop texting while driving

Parents of teenage drivers in Cincinnati may have heard that one of the most effective ways to curb texting while driving amongst their children is strict enforcement and harsh penalties. Since Ohio has made texting while driving a secondary violation, one way to reduce the number of texting while driving accidents is to make it very clear that anyone caught texting and driving will face heavy fines or other forms of punishment.

Though a survey by State Farm found that 80 percent of teenagers thought increased penalties would reduce distracted driving, the insurance company found that teenagers said they would be most likely to stop texting and driving if they caused or someone they knew caused an accident while texting. Unfortunately, many people will eventually come to that before they stop texting and driving, which is bad news for drivers in Cincinnati.

Whenever someone causes an accident because he or she was too busy doing something other than driving, an accident victim can often hold that distracted driver responsible for his or her poor driving. Victims can seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering or other damages and costs flowing from the accident. Since it is the responsibility of a driver to watch the road, not a cellphone, it is reasonable to make distracted drivers liable for their mistakes.

Across the country, some states have very little punishment for someone who is caught texting behind the wheel. Some states only charge teens $20 for a first offense. Unless fines are much harsher, teens may not find it that important to stop from texting while driving.

Source: USA Today, "Police crackdown can curb texting while driving, teens say," Larry Copeland, Aug. 28, 2012

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