North Carolina Auto Accidents On The Rise Due To Texting

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

North Carolina continues to pass increasingly restrictive laws in an attempt make the state's roads safer. North Carolina passed legislation in June of 2009 making it illegal to utilize mobile phones for text messaging while driving. A prior law instituted in December of 2007 outlawed any use of mobile phones while operating a vehicle by drivers under the age of 18 and during the operation of a school bus.

One notable aspect of the banning on texting is the difficulty Police encounter in lawfully enforcing the statute. Gaston County Police failed to issue a single citation for unlawful texting while driving in the last year. Gastonia Police Capt. Chuck Lifford noted that, as a practical matter, you can observe a driver and determine if they are texting, but the law doesn't allow Police to confiscate the driver's phone, making it very difficult to enforce the statute.

Most public officials note that resent research regarding the effects of texting while driving on safety lead to the conclusion that each individual must reach their own determination to increase their personal safety behind the wheel. For instance, Larry Wood, assistant Gastonia city manager, said while it is not a formal policy, employees are instructed not to use mobile phones or text while driving.

Gaston Gazette, Texting While Driving Illegal, But Difficult To Enforce, 10/02/2010

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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