Distracted driving is all too common, and lawmakers believe tougher laws can prevent many accidents.
Orlando, FL- Texting and driving is a growing problem in Florida, and the U.S. overall and drivers don’t seem to be heeding repeated warnings about the danger. A person sending a text is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One Florida lawmaker thinks they can stop some of these crashes but making the state’s texting and driving laws tougher.
House Bill 47 introduced by two state lawmakers, Reps. Richard Stark and Emily Slosberg would change the language in Florida’s law, making texting and driving a primary offense as opposed to a secondary offense, Florida Politics reports. Currently, Florida law bans texting behind on the wheel but as a secondary law police are not allowed to pull over a motorist who is texting and driving unless they violate another traffic law. Another piece of legislation, House Bill 69, would make it a primary offense for juveniles to text behind the wheel.
Florida Politics reports that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued 3,488 distracted driving texting citations between Oct. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2015. But there were more than 45,700 distracted driving crashes in 2015. Lawmakers believe that changing the texting and driving to a primary offense would prevent some of those traffic crashes because more drivers can be ticketed.
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It is not clear if the two laws will get the support needed to pass the House. Florida Politics reports that no similar bills have been introduced in the Senate.
If the law does pass, it won’t affect other aspects of Florida’s distracted driving laws which allows drivers of all ages to use their hand-held devices to talk when they are driving.
Just about every motorist can be distracted but reaching for a cell phone can be deadly. A motorist must look away from the road for a few seconds just to read a text. That may not seem that a lot can change in those few seconds. A car in front can come to a complete stop, or a motorist can pull out in front of a distracted driver. A pedestrian with the walk like could step in front of a car or
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