Two bills in Kansas aim to curb distracted driving accidents by limiting cell phone use among motorists.

Two bills in Kansas aim to curb distracted driving accidents by limiting cell phone use among motorists.


Kansas City, KS- Cell phones are a major distraction for motorists and increasingly becoming a common factor in fatal or injurious traffic accidents. Distraction.gov reports that distracted drivers killed 3,179 people and injured 431,000 in 2014. Now, Kansas two lawmakers are taking aim at distracted driving with two separate bills.
Distracted driving legislation
Current laws in Kansas forbid drivers from texting or sending an email on the road, but some lawmakers want to prohibit drivers from talking while driving.
Senate Bill 99, introduced by Sen. Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City, would make it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving. Pettey told the Wichita Eagle, “This is just another piece of legislation directed toward distracted driving by having your hands occupied by a phone.”
There four components to distracted driving in Kansas: auditory, cognitive, manual, and visual.

There four components to distracted driving in Kansas: auditory, cognitive, manual, and visual.


Sen. Pettey’s bill has the support of the Kansas Department of Transportation, which reports that between 2009 and 2013, cell phones contributed to 29 fatalities in Kansas and over 3,000 crashes, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Another bill, Senate Bill 144, introduced by Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, would only prohibit talking on a cell phone or using another hand-held device in a school zone or road work zone. A violation would result in a $60 fine.
Many states have laws that prohibit drivers from using a cell phone while driving whether they are talking or texting. That is because talking while driving is just as dangerous as texting and driving. Even if a motorist has their eyes on the road, their mind is not focused on the road; it is focused on the conversation, and that can lead to a devastating mistake.
Cognitive distraction
There are four types of behind the wheel distraction:
Auditory distractions- These are distractions caused by music or talking to a passenger and divide a driver’s attention.
Cognitive distractions-These distractions take a driver’s mind off the road making them miss driving cues and changes in the traffic flow.
Manual Distraction: When a driver takes their hand off the wheel to change the stereo volume or send a text, they can drift or lose control.
Visual distraction: Driving is a visual task that requires eyes on the road constantly. In just a few seconds a car can travel hundreds of feet and in that time road conditions can change drastically.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver or a loved one has been killed, speak with an accident attorney in Kansas.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver or a loved one has been killed, speak with an accident attorney in Kansas.


Whatever the nature of the distraction, it’s dangerous behavior on the road and can lead to an injurious or deadly crash. Motorists should not take the task of driving lightly and need to give the road their undivided attention. Texting, talking on the phone scrolling through Facebook, staring at a billboard are divided attention tasks that are as deadly as drunk driving.
Distracted drivers are liable for any injuries of deaths they cause because if their negligence. USAttorneys recommends victims of distracted drivers speak to an accident lawyer in Kansas if they are injured or lost a loved one. Our team of assertive and dedicated personal injury lawyers will use their expertise to get generous compensation.

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