Distracted driving is a massive problem all around the country, but it is especially problematic here in Florida. Because the state government has been unable to pass more comprehensive legal coverage for drivers that text behind the wheel of a vehicle. Recent efforts to expand the law (which only makes a texting while driving violation a secondary offense) have stalled out in the Senate.
As a secondary offense, texting while driving can only lead to a fine if a police officer pulls a driver over for another violation first. This leads to inconsistent enforcement, and a lot of drivers may feel as though they can “get away with” the act.
According to some new information, it appears that distracted driving is becoming increasingly common in the state of Florida. More than 50,000 accidents in Florida were associated with distracted driving last year, and young adults (aged 20 to 29) are the most problematic demographic.
An interesting observation from a Florida Highway Patrol Captain could explain a continuing problem. Since younger generations have grown up with cellphones and all of this new technology that is constantly evolving, it is only natural for them to think that their constant use is acceptable — even in the most dangerous of contexts. This could lead to a sweeping change in safety on the road in years to come, and we need to do something about this unfortunate epidemic.
Source: WUSF Public Media, “Distracted Driving On The Rise In Florida,” Regan McCarthy, April 4, 2018