Florida has finally announced that they will enforce a new no texting and driving law starting in October. The government hopes that this will help to eliminate the risk of distracted driving accidents in the state. Personal injury attorneys suggest that you avoid texting and driving during the school year regardless of whether or not the law applies to your state.
Texting and Driving Bans Protect Children
With school in session, more and more children will be walking on the streets in the middle of the day and taking a neighborhood route to the school bus pick-up point. If drivers are looking down at their phone instead of at crosswalks and intersections up ahead, they may fail to see children crossing and be involved in a serious accident as a result.
The Florida Department of Transportation writes that distracted driving is a pressing concern in the state and that in 2009 alone data shows that 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in reported distracted driving motor vehicle crashes.
The Federal Department of Transportation chose to create an internet survey in the year 2010 asking respondents to identify the most serious traffic safety problems in the state of Florida. To their surprise, 64% of all respondents said that distracted driving is a serious safety issue that causes many car accidents.
Texting Ban Starts in October
Finally, almost four years after the distracted driving issue became a pressing concern, the state of Florida will implement Statute Section 316.305, leaving only three states in the country that don't have a texting and driving ban in effect. The law won't be active until October, but regardless of the law, if you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident and the driver-at-fault was texting behind the wheel, then you need to seek compensation today!