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The Distracted Driver

How can texting while driving lead to a DUI charge?

Well, let's say you're driving under the influence and you decide to respond to a text message. A cop suddenly sees you in the act of texting and decides to pull you over. After the cop interrogates you and talks to you, the cop then suspects that you've consumed alcohol or other drugs and you're suddenly arrested on suspicion of a DUI. Though your driving might be perfect, talking on cell phone without using a hands-free device or texting while driving can indirectly lead to your DUI, where you'll be making that unexpected call to a Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer.

The federal government is just now starting to take distracted driving a little bit more seriously. Just yesterday, the Transportation Department announced the creation of an organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the dangers of driving while talking on cell phones or texting on handheld computers.

The organization is called FocusDriven, which is ironically modeled directly after the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which serves as an example of an organization that has successfully lobbied for tougher drunk driving laws.

Like drunk driving, distracted driving is also dangerous and has taken the lives of many Americans in recent years. The group FocusDriven hopes to put an end to such a dangerous practice. FocusDriven reports that using a cell phone use while driving, whether it's hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. The Transportation Department recently launched the federal website,, with more information and statistics about the dangers of distracted driving.