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Texting While Driving Remains a Dangerous Problem

If you have been involved in a an SUV or car accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez at 813-755-9500

Texting while driving remains a dangerous problem, often leading to serious or even fatal consequences because of distracted drivers.  In the state of Florida, there is currently a ban on texting while driving, but enforcing it is easier said than done.  In order for an officer to stop a driver allegedly caught texting, he or she must have also committed a violation of some other offense. This basically makes the ban useless.  That may soon change as lawmakers consider upgrading texting while driving from a secondary into a primary offense.

Originally passed in 2013, Florida officers have issued very few tickets for texting which carries a minimum $30 fine.  The new proposed laws would allow law enforcement officers to stop anyone they reasonably believe to be texting and driving without having to stop them for a different citation.

Per the National Safety Council, texting can significantly impair a driver, reducing their ability to process moving images by up to a third. Other studies show that an impaired driver (i.e. drunk driver) may actually be less dangerous than a texting driver as the texting driver is not looking at the road.

If you have been injured by a driver texting or otherwise distracted, call Tampa Attorney Martin Hernandez at 813.755.9500.

 

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