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Distracted Driving Continues to be a Problem in Florida


April 15, 2019

Distracted Driving Continues to be a Problem in Florida – Law Enforcement Authorities Push to Promote Safe Driving

KISSIMMEE, FL – As reported online by the Osceola News-Gazette, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is promoting April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month alongside other Florida law enforcement agencies.

April is a tragic month for many in the state of Florida.  In 2018, April saw the second highest number of fatalities from distracted driving accidents for that entire year.  The total number of distracted driving accidents that happened throughout Florida in 2018 was approximately 52,000, which averages out to approximately 1,000 distracted driving accidents every week. Such a number is astounding, and is the main reason why the following Florida agencies are working together to promote safe driving:

  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV);
  • Florida Highway Patrol (FHP);
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association;
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association; and
  • AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Together, these agencies and organizations are promoting Distracted Driving Awareness Month for April.  

Why is Distracted Driving So Dangerous?

Many people feel they have the ability to talk on the phone or text while driving, and state that they can fully concentrate on the road. Despite how skilled a driver may be, any distraction at all can take a driver’s mind or eye off the road for even the briefest moment, creating a risk that an accident may happen.  Any distraction has the potential to slow a driver’s reaction time down, which creates a risk not only to the driver’s safety, but also the safety of passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anyone else on the roadway.

To avoid being involved in an accident, drivers must have the necessary attention to perceive a hazard and react to that hazard.  One distraction, such as glancing at a text message for just a few seconds, can prevent a driver from adequately perceiving and reacting to a hazard.  Until drivers begin to recognize how catastrophic distracted driving can be, Florida may continue to see unnecessary injuries and deaths resulting from distracted driving accidents.

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Source:http://www.aroundosceola.com/news/don-t-drive-distracted-focus-on-the-road-state-officials/article_e8fc77a6-5a34-11e9-b49f-4f2b1a4390e3.html  

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