Chattanooga Law Firm Announces Legislative Effort At Never Text And Drive Day

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

By the end of the day, an estimated 11 teenagers will lose their lives to distracted driving, and many more will be injured. Wednesday, during their annual Never Text and Drive Day celebration, law firm Warren & Griffin announced the launch of a petition to urge the state legislature to pass a Hands Free Tennessee Bill.

“We’ve had too many families come to us who have experienced harm to a loved one because of distracted driving,” said C. Mark Warren. “We want to do more than bring reactive justice. Rather, we want to do all that we can to proactively protect drivers on Tennessee roads.” 

An estimated 3,000 deaths occur each year nationally as a result of distracted driving. Phone use while driving has been cause for major legislative intervention, resulting in the most recent announcement of Georgia’s “Hands Free Law,” which took effect in July.

All drivers in the state of Georgia are prohibited not only from texting while driving but also from touching or holding their phone while operating a vehicle. Georgia is the 16th state to enact this kind of law.

"From July to September, we’ve been running the NVR TXT & DRV campaign in an effort to have every driver commit to never text and drive again,” said Mr. Warren. “We are committed to raising awareness of the extent of this issue, which is why we’re petitioning the state to do more and pass a law like Georgia.” 

By proclamation from the city mayor, Sept. 19 is designated as Never Text and Drive Day in Chattanooga. Warren and Griffin hosts an annual event to celebrate this day. Wednesday, community members took the pledge to NVR TXT & DRV, played games at the law firm’s offices and gathered with other community members over refreshments.

“We can’t wait for this issue to harm our own families before we make a change,” said Mr. Warren. “Waiting to respond to a text message or call is a small price to pay in order to save a life. Change starts with each of us daily committing to focus while we’re on the road. That’s what is going to make a difference. That’s why we started this pledge and that’s why we’re asking the state to pass a Hands Free Law.”

Anyone interested in signing the petition should visit http://www.warrenandgriffin.com/support-a-hands-free-law-in-tennessee.


Atlanta Fed President And CEO Raphael Bostic Keynotes Chattanooga COC Economic Outlook Breakfast

Local Cooling And Heating Company Joins National Brand

Dan Howell Awarded Legislator Of The Year Honors By FGA


The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce hosts Raphael Bostic, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as keynote speaker for its Jan. 9, 2019 Economic Outlook Breakfast. ... (click for more)

Locally-owned and operated Southeast Air & Mechanical Systems, LLC, which has been serving the surrounding area for more than 15 years, has joined forces with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning ... (click for more)

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) has named Tennessee Representative Dan Howell as legislator of the year. The award was presented December 6th at the annual FGA policy summit ... (click for more)


Business

Atlanta Fed President And CEO Raphael Bostic Keynotes Chattanooga COC Economic Outlook Breakfast

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce hosts Raphael Bostic, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as keynote speaker for its Jan. 9, 2019 Economic Outlook Breakfast. The Economic Outlook Breakfast celebrates local business success over the previous year and looks ahead to the future. Mr. Bostic will share his expertise related to economic trends and ... (click for more)

Local Cooling And Heating Company Joins National Brand

Locally-owned and operated Southeast Air & Mechanical Systems, LLC, which has been serving the surrounding area for more than 15 years, has joined forces with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (One Hour), a national heating and air conditioning brand with independently owned and operated locations throughout North America. The company is now operating as One Hour Heating ... (click for more)

Breaking News

7 People Arrested At House Where Large Quantities Of Drugs, Stolen Guns Were Found

Seven people were arrested early Sunday morning at a house off Hancock Road after a search turned up a large amount of drugs and stolen guns. Taken into custody were Jessica Brooke Stro, 27; Jennifer Allyse Gilliam, 22; Ann Marie Higgins, 31; Ashley Lynn Bush, 29; Devonte Dequan Allison, 29, and Randall Dean Leslie, 31. Also, Marcus Antuane High, 36, was one of two people ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire At The Lantern At Morning Pointe On Shallowford Road

Shortly after noon on Sunday, Chattanooga firefighters responded to a fire at The Lantern at Morning Point, at 7620 Shallowford Road. Battalion Chief Brandon Schroyer said the firefighters located the fire in a laundry room, and with help from the facility's sprinkler system, contained the fire to that room. No injuries were reported. Chief Schroyer said part of the ... (click for more)

Opinion

Bill Bennett Was One Of The Best Gentlemen In Politics - And Response (5)

In an era of political haughtiness and ego, we should recognize the life example of public service demonstrated by Hamilton County Assessor Bill Bennett. As I told my friend Bill many times, he and former Governor Winfield Dunn were the best “gentlemen” I knew in politics. He was kind, humble and honest. To honor his legacy, we should all try to carry ourselves a little more ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Christmas Sheep

There are a whole lot of reasons I ought to go to hell. It is by the saving grace of an Almighty God that I already have been assured of a place in heaven but, to be real honest, I think even my eternal Savior had reason for pause when it comes to my ‘Christmas Sheep Caper.’ I believe if you recognize a wrong and ask for God’s forgiveness, things work out. But I also believe my ... (click for more)