Many states have recently passed laws banning certain uses of cell phones while driving, hoping that this action will decrease the number of automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers. 35 states have completely banned texting while driving, while 9 states have banned the use of handheld cell phones while in the driver’s seat. However, Florida is not one of those states. In fact, Florida is one of the few states that have yet to pass any restrictions whatsoever on cell phone use while driving.
Findings of a recent study conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol are consistent with similar studies done across the country. They found that people who talk on their phone while behind the wheel of their automobile are four times more likely to get in an accident. Cell phone use (talking and/or texting) was the primary factor in at least seven fatal automobile accidents
in Florida during 2010 alone.
Distracted driving is a danger to everyone. Even if it is not the law in Florida, you can still do your part by making a commitment to not using your cell phone while driving and eliminating as many other distractions as possible when you’re behind the wheel.
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