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Video games and distracted driving in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2021 | Car Accidents

Distracted driving is one of the major causes of accidents. While government institutions are taking steps to reduce as many distractions as possible, some motor vehicle companies produce cars where you can play video games on the dashboard even as you drive.

Video games and dashboards

Modern car manufacturers have embraced technology to help keep drivers safe, comfortable and entertained while on the road. The idea behind creating a dashboard screen that also features an interface for video games was to let drivers have some fun when safely parked or just relaxing in the car. However, people have realized that they can still play video while the vehicle is moving.

Cars that have this feature include Tesla model 3 and Mercedes-Benz 2021 and 2022 EQS and S models. However, Mercedes recalled its cars to update an internal computer server that makes it impossible to play video games when drivers are on the move.

What does this mean for drivers?

Driving while distracted is similar to driving when blindfolded. You need your full attention on the road to avoid motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the NHTSA reports that thousands of lives are claimed every year due to distracted driving.

In addition, it is illegal to drive while distracted in New Jersey. The police can pull a person over when they see that the driver is violating the distracted driving laws. The situation could worsen if the driver broke another traffic law because they were playing a video game while driving. A negligent driver may face fines, license suspension and points on their driving record in addition to a potential personal injury lawsuit if they crashed into someone.

It is okay to play video games but not while driving. The few seconds of fun pales in comparison to the danger a driver is putting others on the road in when they are distracted.