Distracted driving kills; avoid behaviors that can cause accidents, says Fort Myers Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving kills. While it may be slightly less harmful than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while engaged in another activity that takes your attention away from the road, can be deadly. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every day more than nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that involve distracted driving.
There are three types of distracted driving:
Visual – taking your eyes off the road;
Manual – removing your hands from the wheel
Cognitive – taking your mind/attention off of driving.
Distracted driving can include: eating, applying makeup, fiddling with your navigation system, talking on a cell phone, paying more attention to your passengers than to your job as a driver, and texting. Texting is considered to be among the worst offenders because it involves all three types of driver distraction. Since younger, less experienced drivers are also the one most likely to text and drive, this type of distracted driving is even more dangerous. In fact, drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction related fatal crashes.
In an attempt to solve the problem of distracted driving, 41 states have now adopted bans on texting while driving. The US government prohibits texting while driving on government business or while operating a government vehicle.
While the Florida ban on texting while driving is just a secondary offense (the officer must see the driver committing another traffic infraction in order to stop the texting driver), there are provisions of the law that do add some teeth to it. The new Florida ban allows a driver’s wireless billing device records to be admitted as evidence in the event of a crash resulting in injury or death. The bill also adds 6 points to an offender’s driver’s license if a driver is texting when involved in a crash.
Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Do your part to keep our roads safe by avoiding distractions that can easily result in accidents.