Following five years of debate, Florida has finally passed a ban on texting while driving. The new law is slated to become effective on January 1, 2014, and will allow law enforcement officers to issue tickets to those violating the ban.
Critics of the new law say the relatively low penalty (around $60) and secondary penalty status (the law does not allow an officer to pull a driver over for texting unless he or she is also violating another traffic law) is not enough of a deterrent to have any significant impact on highway safety. The newly minted bill does allow drivers to be ticketed while stopped at stop signs or traffic lights.
Texting while driving has been recognized over the last few years as one type of distracted driving. There are a number of factors that make texting while driving dangerous, such as:
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Commission, in 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents involving cellphones and other handheld devices. If you have been injured in a car accident, speak to a car accident attorney. You might be entitled to sue for compensation for medical and other expenses. For your free consultation, call the Palm Harbor Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. at 727-538-8865 or contact us online.