The dangers of distracted driving
Distracted driving can result in terrible accidents as well as horrific tragedies. In fact, distracted driving is responsible for over three thousand deaths in 2019 in the US and Puerto Rico alone. In a 2019 survey of Puerto Rican drivers, seventy percent of those participating said distracted driving (by other drivers) was one of their two biggest safety concerns while driving. Distracted driving accounts for about ten to fifteen percent of all fatal car accidents annually according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association.
The typical driver has a reaction time of between half a second and one full second. That is considered to be the maximum for having a chance at avoiding an accident. When you take your eyes off the road to compose a text, for example, the whole time you are texting becomes time that you can’t react. So, if your text took ten seconds to compose, the time it took for you to react to something in the road just got ten times longer. That is a recipe for an absolute disaster.
The penalties for cell phone use while driving
In Puerto Rico, there are penalties for using your cell phone while you are driving. If you get caught using your phone while you are driving in Puerto Rico, you will be fined fifty dollars. That obviously does not seem too bad. However, you should take into account the true risk you are taking when you use your cell phone wile driving in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has some of the worst driving conditions in the world. Many roads are in disrepair and few drivers obey basic traffic laws such as signaling, no parking in the middle of an active road or even stopping at a stop sign or red light. When you consider that, you will realize it is exponentially easier to get into an accident while driving in Puerto Rico. If you add taking your eyes off the road to text, you will inevitably get into an accident at some point which can cost you thousands of dollars and land you in prison depending on the circumstance.
Distracted driving is extremely risky behavior. Forget the fact that you can be ticketed. You are risking getting into a serious accident that could result in your or someone else’s death. Do yourself and others a favor, never drive distracted, especially by using your cell phone. Whether you need a motorcycle shipped from Puerto Rico or a truck shipped to Puerto Rico, we can ship any type of vehicle with ease to or from San Juan. Give us a call today for a quote at (904) 322-7644!