Actress Amanda Bynes has become a tabloid mainstay during the past few weeks due to her poor driving behavior. The "Hairspray" star first drew public scrutiny after sidewiping a West Hollywood cop car while under the influence in April. She was subsequently ticketed for texting while driving and then sideswiped another vehicle in Hollywood on Friday.
The actress's driving woes highlight poor driving habits which are common throughout California. The majority of car accidents are attributable to poor driving behaviors such as distracted driving and intoxicated driving.
Texting while driving is not only illegal in California, but also highly dangerous. Distracted drivers are more likely to run into pedestrians and to cross the center line of a road.
Drunk drivers are among the most hazardous individuals on Los Angeles roads. The likelihood of a serious car accident increases with every incremental 0.01 blood alcohol level of a driver. Drunk drivers are also more likely to speed and less likely to wear their seat belts, which are factors that greatly contribute to the seriousness of a car accident.
Fortunately the biggest damages to arise out of Amanda Bynes' bad driving habits so far involve scratched paint. The actress still faces criminal charges related to drunk driving and fleeing the scene as an officer was ticketing her for texting and driving.
Source: Reuters, "Amanda Bynes to Lose Driver's License?" Stephanie Rabiner, May 7, 2012