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Does Florida do Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving?

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benjamin magargee

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Transcript of Does Florida do Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving?

It is now considered a secondary offense and given a $30 fine.
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Tickets and Fines
What Will it Take?
What is the law?
I think that if we change it from a secondary offense to a first offense we will be able to prove to more people that they should not text and drive. Perhaps also raise the fine a little more to insure the maximum amount of people will fllow the law.
(3)(a) A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging. As used in this section, the term “wireless communications device” means any handheld device used or capable of being used in a handheld manner, that is designed or intended to receive or transmit text or character-based messages, access or store data, or connect to the Internet or any communications service as defined in s. 812.15 and that allows text communications. For the purposes of this paragraph, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is not subject to the prohibition in this paragraph.

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Monday, September 5, 2016
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Distracted Driving
Now illegal to text and drive!
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Distracted drivers are taking over the streets of Florida. Accidents happen about every 40 seconds and most of those are caused by distracted driving. There are many forms of distracted driving such as texting and driving, eating or changing the stereo. The most common ones linked with fatal crashes is texting and driving.
Does Florida do Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving?
Trust me... You're not as good at texting and driving as you think you are. - The Driver Behind you
Florida has decided to make it illegal to text and drive, but are the rules they have placed in effect going to stop the future from infracting this law? So far the state of florida has made it a secondary offense which means one can not simply get pulled over for just texting and driving which is not really enough to stop or even give a second of hesitation in the thought of the driver. They have also given a fine to make it a little bit worse but still that fine is only a 30 dollars which is not a lot of money. Being the 41st state to make it illegal they should of taken into account the other states ideas and made it little stronger. There is a lot of beefing up to this law before we will see anything done to help the distracted drivers of florida. These are just some of the reasons that the texting and driving laws of Florida are not enough to prevent any further distractions. Do you think that the laws are strong enough? There is a good base line start and some people might see this law and purposely not text and drive because they know it is illegal.
Let me first start off by stating the law it says, “A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of non voice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.” So simple put you are legally not allowed to touch your phone while you are driving a car. Firstly to even get close to getting this ticket you have to be texting while driving and breaking the law in some other form. For instance I was texting and driving and ran a stop sign. Now a cop could pull me over and tell me all the laws I have just broken. Say that the ticket for running a stop sign was 100 dollars plus the texting and driving ticket that would only bring the total to 130 dollars which any minimum wage worker could pay off. Just the 30 dollars is nothing if you are already getting a ticket from something else.
Some could say that this law is in fact enough to prohibit the use of electronic devices. There is now a law in effect to stop the main cause of distracted driving and not only that but there is also a fine you will have to pay. Yes it is still a second offense but being distracted you can easily break another law without even realizing it. In a way it could be considered enough to stop a few of the drivers but what about the ones that feel as if they are invincible or nothing bad will ever happen to them. There will always be some people that do not agree or do not follow the laws they feel are not necessary and they will never know till the day it happens to them. The fact of the matter is if its taking your attention off the road for even the shortest bit of time you are being distracted and that is never a good thing when you are driving. Really the only one that can judge if its worth it or not is you. Look around you next time you drive, all the people driving around you, if you decide to text and drive you are putting there lives in danger.
In my opinion Florida does not have the best laws against texting and driving. These laws they have so far is a good start but the most definitely need revision on them. A 30 dollar ticket is not necessarily going to stop everyone but neither would a 300 dollar ticket. We, as a community, need to find and make the laws that people are willing to realize that the risk outweighs the necessity to text while driving. Some people could might not even know what the full law states and the fact that any electronic device and doing anything more than simple functions is considered texting and driving. Being that it is a second offense makes it substantially hard to get pulled over but if I was being a reckless driver and paying more attention to my phone than my speedometer I could easily get pulled over for that. All in all why risk your life for a one sentence statement to someone, why not just wait till you see them next?
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