The State of Florida recently passed a no texting while driving law, however it is obviously defective considering a person has to be committing another traffic infraction simultaneously to be pulled over for “texting.” Florida is the 41st state to implement a law of this nature, so is clearly behind. The law went into effect on October 1st, 2013.
Motor vehicle safety saves lives and prevents injuries.
Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. A distracted driver is anyone who takes their eyes off the road, off the steering wheel or lets your mind wander away, 69% surveyed admitted to talking on their cell phones, while 31% admitted to sending or reading texts or e-mails from ages 18 to 64. Texting drivers are 23% more likely to be involved in an accident.
You don’t believe these statistics? The next time you are in a car (preferably as a passenger), look around you and take notice of how many cars swerve in lanes, change lanes without looking or signaling, run traffic lights, sit through green lights, pull out into traffic, use their other hand for food or drink letting car steer itself or using knees….Oh, and let’s not forget the commuters who multi-task by shaving or putting make-up on too!
The only awards these non-achievers will receive are getting killed, maimed or killing or maiming others. It used to be only young people goofing around in their cars talking on cell phones. Now, it is more common than not to see soccer moms driving a bunch of kids while she talks on the phone and waves her hands in the air.
More distractions are listed in this article:
As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month. Our world is becoming more and more techno savvy every day. A woman driver was just pulled over for wearing “Google glasses”
Listening to her on the news, she claimed they were turned off. That begs the question then of why was she wearing them, especially while driving?
The stark reality of the statistics quoted herein, along with photographs posted on the internet (Warning: Graphic images) should be reality enough to make one stop, besides being illegal in so many states.
Talk of distracted driving has largely been centered on talking on the phone or texting. Now, taking selfies while behind the wheel is joining the list.
According to a report from the Huffington Post, the number of people taking self-portraits while speeding down the road has exploded.
"There are over 3 million posts on Instagram tagged with '#driving,' nearly 50,000 with '#drivinghome,' over 9,000 tagged '#drivingtowork' and more than 3,500 tagged '#drivingselfie,'" reads the report.
While it is commendable that 41 states have implemented laws concerning usage of cell phones while driving, there is still too much ambiguity in these laws. They need to be more concise and detailed, leaving no question as to interpretation.
Kudos to those of you who already practice safe driving.