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Could new laws in Florida get tough on distracted driving?

Distracted driving - and what to do about it - is a major topic of debate in states across the country, including in Florida. Throughout America various states have many different laws that address distracted driving behavior, such as cellphone use while driving. Now, according to a recent report, Florida may be joining the ranks of states with laws on the books to address this dangerous behavior.

The recent report indicated that many state legislators in Florida are now calling for laws to address distracted driving. According to the report, legislators are acknowledging that there is sufficient data to support the fact that distracted driving is a serious public health danger. That data, and public calls for action, may have pushed legislators toward action.

Some of the proposed legislation regarding distracted driving takes an approach that is similar to other states' attempts to correct the behavior: fines, just like a seatbelt violation. However, now that some states have had laws on the books for years, there may be enough information to avoid "toothless" laws now that the time may have come for action in Florida.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that needs a serious response. Every year thousands of people are injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving, whether it is cellphone use or the use of other electronic devices while driving. Hopefully the state legislature will take action to finally declare this dangerous conduct behind the wheel illegal. That, in turn, will hopefully begin a decline in the number of people who are injured or killed by distracted drivers each year in Florida.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Florida may finally get serious about banning texting & driving," Scott Maxwell, Dec. 13, 2017

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