Texting While Driving In Florida? You Are Breaking The Law

carcrashWe wrote a previous article back in July that come October 1, 2013 texting and driving in Florida will be illegal. This means that you cannot manually text while driving,  but the law does stipulate that you can text while stopped at traffic lights. This law is also considered a secondary offense which means that you would need to be pulled over for another offense to be ticketed.

This is how the seat belt law started and today it is a primary offense and if you are seen not wearing a seat belt you can be pulled over and given a ticket. So perhaps texting and driving may someday become a primary offense.

According to the  National Safety Council

1,600,000 accidents per year are to blame for texting and driving

5 seconds is the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road while texing and driving. That equals  driving the length of a football field driving at 55 mph

A person texting and driving is about 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated

See all the statistic Here – very informative!

If you must answer a call, get a hands free phone. If you must text, pull over.

Stay safe on the road,

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Texting A Driver and Causing An Accident – Is the Sender Responsible?

cellphoneCnn.com had an article this morning of an accident occurring while the driver was texting with his girlfriend, an accident that could have been avoided. This happened in New Jersey and now New Jersey is considering making the person sending the text to the driver,  responsible for any injuries this conversation causes in the case of an accident.

According to the article “62 texts were sent” between the couple that day. “Seventeen seconds after the driver sent a text back to his girlfriend he was dialing 911, he had just hit a couple driving a motorcycle  head on causing severe injuries.(read article here)  The couple on the motorcycle wanted the girlfriend  texting  her boyfriend, knowing he  was driving, made accountable.

I do not believe in texting and driving or trying to talk on a cell phone while driving. It only takes a second to look at your phone and get distracted. If you must answer a call, get a hands free phone. If you must text, pull over.

See article here about Texting and Driving  in Florida,  come this October 2013 it will be illegal.

What do you think of this law and if it passes, should it be in all states? Leave a comment…

Stay safe on the road, stay off your phone while driving.

Call us today to get your insurance questions answered. 863-453-3903

or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours.

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Ashley Bishop Owner/Agent
Budget Bi Rite Insurance, Inc

Serving All of Florida