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Does Our State Do Enough To Prevent Distracted Driving?

By Madi Nottke

on 20 June 2014

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Transcript of Does Our State Do Enough To Prevent Distracted Driving?

Does Our State Do Enough To Prevent Distracted Driving?
Florida is the 41st state to eliminate texting while driving. Unfortunately, unlike the majority of those states, the law is a secondary offense. The penalty for violating this law is 30 dollars, is that really enough to get people to realize distracted driving is wrong?
Claim vs. Counterclaim
: Florida does not do enough to prevent distracted driving. Making the law a secondary offense doesn't do much to prevent people from hopping on their phones while driving. The law just states that the distracted driver must also be caught doing something illegal, like running a red light or swerving, to be given the fine of 30 dollars, which in this case is not enough.

: Many people agree with the amount being paid for each ticket a distracted driver gets. They say that the charge is too weak to make the fine of the tickets any higher.
In the state of Florida about 11 teenagers are killed everyday by drivers who are texting and driving and about 25% of car accidents are caused by distracted driving. According to WGCU News, the governors safety association says the number of 16 and 17-year-old driver deaths in the U.S. were up by 19 percent in the first half of 2012. Five Florida drivers that age died in the first 6 months of last year. Even with these statistics running through their minds, Florida has yet to take charge and teach teenagers the dangers of distracted driving. Florida has no mandatory distracted driving courses or PSAs (public service announcements) in their schools. Last year, 460 car accidents were a result of distracted driving. In 2011, 174 accidents were caused because of distracted. in 2012, 530 accidents were caused but the same reason.
The penalty for texting and driving in Florida is 30 dollars. Many car accidents, in Florida, are usually caused by distracted driving. Even though many car accidents are caused from driving while distracted, some opponents feel that creating a law against cell phone use infringes their personal rights. However, using a cell phone, whether talking or texting, while driving can be extremely dangerous; it should be made illegal because it is very hazardous to yourself and the people surrounding you, can lead to the death of loved ones, and it is even compared to the danger level of drunk driving. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating. Florida needs to step up to the plate and take on the task of distracted driving before more people get hurt.
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