In 2016, 3,450 lives were taken consequently to distracted driving according to an article written by the NHTSA. In the state of Florida, a driver cannot solely be pulled over for distracted driving. This means that law enforcement officers cannot pull a driver over for witnessing a driver, put makeup on, eat, or text while driving unless they are driving reckless and run a red light for an example. Majority of states have advised individuals to use “hands-free devices” but according to an article that was written by Anderson&Anderson, Florida is one of the only states that have not “addressed the use of handheld and hands-free devices.” These hands-free devices include using Bluetooth or voice activated technology. Although Bluetooth and voice activated devices can still be potentially dangerous, this would bring Florida a step closer to prevent distracted driving.
Billboards and road way signs have been established all over the state of Florida leaving messages potentially to prevent distracted driving by the FDOT, that has not been the case though. Based on my personal experience, looking up or to the side to read a flashing sign with bright orange letters on freeways/highways have caused many accidents in the area I live in. In June of 2015, the FDOT introduced “safe phone zones” and encouraged Florida residents to only use their phones in the designated areas. These “safe phone zones” were created for individuals if they needed to make a call, send texts, or access their navigation systems. According to the FDOT, “Florida has designated 64 Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Turnpike Services Plazas throughout the state as Safe Phone Zones, more than any other state.” This idea is very beneficial to the people who understand the consequences of distracted driving but for those who do not understand, maybe Florida has not done enough to inform drivers about the daily risks they take while driving.
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