Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
As I have blogged many times over the years, distracted driving caused
by cell phone use and texting is a serious danger on the highways. Efforts
to create stronger enforcement requirements and punishments seem to have
had minimal impact on drivers who insist on continuing their routine of
texting and driving. Recently, Montgomery County, Maryland, police began
an innovative and somewhat controversial approach to catching drivers
texting. As recently reported in the
Washington Post and other local newspapers, “a plain-clothes officer disguised as
a homeless person with a cardboard sign radioed ahead to three more officers,
waiting in uniform down the road, each time he spotted a driver using
a cell phone or otherwise breaking the rules of the road.” Numerous
traffic citations and warnings were issued during the two hours that the
program was in effect.
Response from drivers ranged widely, with praise from drivers who have
witnessed distracted driving collisions and near-collisions caused by
phone use continuing in spite of laws against it. Many commenters from the
Post’s article indicated a belief that police need to do something drastic to
discourage drivers from recklessly phoning or texting while driving. On
the other hand, a surprising number of drivers criticized the approach
as being disrespectful to homeless people and causing a traffic slowdown
by disrupting drivers in order to generate income for the county.
Listed below are several resources designed to educate drivers regarding
cell phone use and driving:
Numerous studies and statistics in recent years about distracted driving
have shown how dangerous distracted driving is. Although there is no federal
law restricting cell phone use and driving, almost every state now has
some regulation against the practice. In this particular situation, the
Montgomery County police came up with an idea of how to catch drivers
“in the act.” Whether you are in favor of this county’s
sting or not, we can agree that measures need to be put in place to deter
Please drive safely and sensibly. No call or text is worth killing or injuring
yourself or someone else.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year".
Super Lawyers recently named him among the "Top Ten" lawyers in the Metro
Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by
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of Washington's best-most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes
in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises
liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims.
He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies,
the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile
owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever
in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged
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