Do classes on distracted driving, well, really drive home the point that behaviors such as texting and talking on phones while behind the wheel are as dangerous as driving drunk -- and sometimes more deadly -- and truly need to be stopped?
A 61-year-old Ohio man was killed by a drunk driver on June 22 of this year in Columbus. Slightly more than two months later, on September 3, the 22-year-old driver who was arrested in the case confessed to the DUI charge and wrong-way car accident on a YouTube video. Matthew Cordle then formally surrendered to authorities.
A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. In one second, a car can be wrecked and people can be seriously injured. Despite the fact that many, if not all, drivers in Ohio know this, many of them take their eyes and attention of the road for several seconds just to check their phones.
As was widely reported in news outlets in recent months, safety officials in every state, including Ohio, have been on the receiving end of a strong federal push to change their drunk driving laws. At the center of recommendations has been the stated need for uniformity across the country in adjusting the current DUI threshold in every state of a 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to a standard of 0.05.