Auto Accidents: March 2010 Archives

March 12, 2010

Florida Gets Closer to Banning Texting and Driving

If you're a Florida driver, you should think twice before texting and driving now more than ever. A bill to stop texting while driving has been unanimously approved by a House committee in the state's capital, Tallahassee. If the texting ban law is passed, Florida will join 19 other states that have already banned texting and driving.

According to The Miami Herald, if the law is passed, drivers in Florida would not be able to read information on their phones or send texts when driving. Unfortunately, texting would only be chargeable as a secondary offense; meaning if you're texting and driving, you would also have to be speeding or committing some other offense in order for the police to cite you. Initially, some lawmakers such as Rep. Doug Holder pushed to make texting while driving a primary offense, but realized they would face too much resistance and agreed to the current version of the bill. Other lawmakers, however, still want to see tougher enforcement.

It is common knowledge that using a cell phone while driving is distracting and could cause a car accident. But seeing the statistics will hopefully keep drivers' eyes on the roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), distractions contribute to 80 percent of crashes, and people who use mobile devices increase their chances by four times of getting into an accident where they could get injured.

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation banned truck drivers across the country from texting while driving. Studies have shown that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving because it takes longer for a driver who is texting to react and hit the brakes than a driver who has been drinking.

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