Vermont Cell Phone Ban Aims to Save Lives

Chris Maley was featured in the Burlington Free Press article on Sunday, September 21, 2014, "In 10 Days Calling While Driving Is Banned." The article, by Nancy Remsen, provides an overview of the new Vermont law that makes it illegal to use hand-held electronic devices while driving.

Chris, who has represented victims of automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers, has helped to raise awareness of distracted driving, and testified before both the Vermont House and Senate in support of the bill that is now law that goes into effect on October 1, 2013.

Attorney Chris Maley shows the bracelet he wears to remind
him to keep both hands on the wheel while driving. 
 The article quotes Chris saying,
"Distracted driving is a choice. Texting while driving is a choice to put your needs over the safety of others. That is a selfish choice."
Chris, who has spoken at several high school forums on distracted driving, admits that it has been hard to suggest that teenagers put down their cell phones when they see their parents using them while driving. The new law applies to all drivers and will help to clarify the message and simplify enforcement. The article states, "Continued public education remains the key to change a culture that allows people to believe it is acceptable to text or talk on the phone or engage in other distracting activities while behind the wheel."

Phones down, heads up, Vermont!