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Texting and Driving: Get off Your Phone--It's the Law in Florida

o-TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING-facebook.jpgTexting and Distracted Driving: A Major Problem in Florida and the U.S.

Reckless driving has long been illegal, but Florida joined a majority of other states in banning texting while driving in 2013. This ban was accompanied in 2013 by a federal regulation prohibiting drivers of large trucks from texting or talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device. Texting while driving may not feel reckless, but studies show that distracted drivers exhibit many of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, including taking longer to react when braking, responding to a traffic signal, recognizing a hazard in the road, etc. Most of us recognize the dangers of drunk driving, so it's time to acknowledge that distracted driving carries much of the same danger. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that drivers on mobile phones are nearly four times more likely to be in an accident than someone refraining from cell phone use, and texting in particular increases the risk of a car crash by 23 times.

FLORIDA IS NOT SAFE FOR BICYCLISTS

A bicyclist in Florida is legally allowed to ride on the road and contrary to popular belief, bicyclists are safer on the road than on the sidewalk. Since 2001, Florida has been ranked as the state with the highest number of bicycle accident fatalities. Negligent motorists cause the majority of Florida bicycle accidents, but occasionally, the accident is the fault of the cyclist. Bicyclists need to communicate with motorists using hand signals and making eye contact. 

Drunk Driving Still A Major Problem in Florida

In Florida in 2014 there were 685 fatal accidents involving drunk drivers. These accidents accounted for 27.5% of all fatal Florida traffic accidents. Even though Florida has some very strict laws regarding drinking and driving, many people still blatantly disregard these laws. Victims of Florida DUI accidents can face serious injuries or death. Injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and more. 

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