When a new law takes effect this fall, drivers will face more restrictions aimed at decreasing distracted driving as well as stiffer penalties in an effort to force a downward number of distracted driving accidents. Let’s take a look at the new penalties.
For a first offense, the violation will be considered a Class B violation as long as the offense didn’t contribute to a crash. Many in this situation will be faced with a $260 fine with a minimum fine of $130 and a maximum of $1000. After January 1, the court may suspend the fine if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance course and shows proof to the court within four months.
Although the fine will be suspended, the violation will still be recorded on the driver’s driving record.
If a first offense resulted or contributed to a crash, the violator could get a Class A violation. This comes with a presumptive fine of $435, but a minimum of $220 and a maximum of $2,500. This fine would also be in place should a driver have a second offense.
For a third offense within 10 years, a driver would be facing a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum fine of $2,000 and up to six months in jail.
The previous law had an expected fine of $160 and did not have increased fines for repeat offenders or those involved in more serious, or even deadly crashes.
Distracted driving is a national problem that has continued to grow and affect people’s lives. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in any distracted driving accident, we are here to help. We can fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call today to set up your free consultation.