Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Idaho and around the country. In an effort to combat this dangerous behavior, state governments have posted signs encouraging drivers to remain focused on the road. However, federal officials say that the signs are too cute and might actually be a distraction to those reading them.
What the federal government recommends
The federal government recommends that signs alerting drivers to the dangers of distracted driving stay clear, concise and free of jargon. Currently, it’s not uncommon for states to use puns, make pop culture references or otherwise try to get a driver’s attention. In some cases, states hold contests to determine what will be posted on highways within its borders. It’s important to note that the states are generally in control of the content that is shown to drivers, and the federal government hasn’t actually banned anything that might be considered over the top.
States don’t see the problem
According to one Arizona representative, the humor is intentional and is something that the state isn’t going to abandon anytime soon. In fact, the federal government’s comments about their signs are seen as a type of government overreach. Therefore, it’s unlikely that they are going to be done away with even if they may unintentionally increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents on roads or highways.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may receive compensation for any damages incurred as a result of another party’s negligence. Cellphone records, photos or video footage might prove that the defendant was distracted when the wreck occurred. The defendant may be liable for your damages even if the distraction was caused by a sign posted by a government agency.