Distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions and it appears to only be getting worse. A survey recently conducted by State Farm reveals that drivers continue to text and drive at higher rates, and are now accessing the internet while driving at twice the rate they were in 2009. Interestingly, even drivers who admit to smartphone use while driving state that they believe distracted driving laws should be strengthened. Improving laws so as to provide greater legal deterrents would, they report, lead to diminished cell phone use.
Texting and Driving in Florida is a Secondary Offense
In the state of Florida, we do have laws in place banning texting and driving. However, these laws make texting while driving a secondary offense. This means that in order to cite a driver for texting while driving, police officers would need to pull the driver over for something else first. Secondary laws make it difficult for police officers to truly enforce a texting ban because so many drivers will not have committed another offense that allows the officer to stop them. Continue reading →