It is a no-brainer: You should never text and drive. With many people taking road trips to visit loved ones or enjoy a much-needed vacation, the dangers of using your cell phone, specifically texting while driving, are especially important to consider during these summer months.
Something important that people tend to forget about is that texting is not the only dangerous practice that people do every day. With the growing number of social media channels, photo sharing sites and methods of communication, you may be hard pressed to find someone who has not used their cell phone while behind the wheel.
Let us explore some staggering facts that have come from recent research on cell phone use while on the road:
- Close to 50% of commuters have admitted to texting while driving.
- Nearly 4-in-10 drivers admit to using social networks while driving.
- There were 21 fatal crashes involving cell phone usage reported in Florida in the year 2011 (Though the actual number may be significantly higher, due to rampant underreporting in such incidents).
Florida has a limited text ban, which in only enforced as a secondary law. This means that an officer cannot pull you over for using your cell phone, but can ticket you for using it if you are pulled over for another reason (such as a broken taillight or speeding). Besides the implications of law, nobody wants to risk the irreparable damage that can be caused by simply taking your eyes off of the road for just a second. In the words of the anti-distracted driving group, “It can wait.”
Stay safe this summer by putting your cell phone away while on the road. In the tragic case that you, a friend or loved one is injured due to a reckless driver, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.