Why You Shouldn't Text and Drive in Ireland
Texting while driving is banned in all but a handful of states across the U.S. Typically, drivers receive fines for sending or receiving texts while driving. But in Ireland, the punishment can be far worse. Those who text behind the wheel in Ireland face fines starting at 1,000 euros, or over $1,300. For second-time offenders, fines increase to 2,000 euros and a possible three-month jail sentence. The rules went into effect May 1, and before this date, Ireland didn't have any specific laws banning texting while driving. “There is anecdotal evidence that the Irish are among the worst offenders when it comes to texting while driving," Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs for the Automobile Association in Ireland, told Automotive News Europe. "But our research indicates universal support for the new laws. People already knew the behavior was unacceptable and had to stop.” The new rules also apply to hands-free phones in a cradle. Drivers are allowed to use voice activation to send and receive texts in the car. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving, which includes texting, killed over 3,300 people in 2012 in the U.S. An estimated 421,000 people were injured. Source: Automotive News Europe
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