Updated July 31, 2020 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff
A specialty license plate in Indiana is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Part of the plate displays the message “put the phone down” in large blue and red lettering. The sponsor of the new plate, the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA), hopes that the plate will make drivers think twice about using a cell phone or other device while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is a serious problem, claiming the lives of 2,841 people in 2018 alone, including 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists. Injuries occur at far higher rates: An estimated 400,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in that same year.
In addition to saving lives, putting the phone down can also save money. Using a device to type, transmit, and send or receive texts is already illegal in Indiana, and drivers under 21 years old are forbidden from all device use while behind the wheel.
Motorists wishing to support safe driving can speak up on the road by purchasing a license plate. You can purchase the plate at your next registration date.
There is a $40 fee for this specialty plate, $25 of which is used to fund safety courses that work to stop distracted driving. One such course, sponsored by IMTA, brings interactive driving simulators to schools and community organizations to educate students and other drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving has become a major cause of car crashes. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, contact an Indianapolis auto accident attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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