Florida’s Distracted Driving Law
According to a news report on the issue published by the Palm Beach Post, while the Senate allowed for the additional requirement of reporting race and ethnicity into the bill, it rejected a proposal to require motorists to be completely hands free from electronic devices while driving. SB 90 would have allowed Florida drivers to make phone calls and use GPS systems while behind the wheel. The House version of the bill, House Bill 33 (HB 33) does not have the race and ethnicity recording requirement like its counterpart in the Senate.
SB 76, according to the Tampa Bay Times, has broad language that encompasses several types of distracted driving – not just using a cell phone or texting. Indeed, the language in the bill includes any other activity that could distract a driver. The broad language in the bill allows for the use of other technology to be banned without having to amend the law, and it will place Florida’s approach to the issue more in line with the rest of the country. As of now, Florida is only one of four states in the nation in which texting while driving is a secondary and not a primary offense. If the new legislation is passed, Florida would have one of the strictest distracted driving laws on the books in the United States.
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Florida Distracted Driving Statistics
In 2017, Florida ranked second in the nation only behind the state of Louisiana for distracted driving in the U.S., according to a news article published by the Sun-Sentinel. The data that was collected and released by EverQuote, Inc., an online insurance company, recorded several measures on a motion-sensor app called EverApp. Driving behaviors that were measured included aggressive turning, hard braking, sudden acceleration, and overall speeding, among other factors. The findings suggested that as much as 92% of drivers across the country with cell phones have used them while in a moving vehicle in the prior 30 days. The app logged 230 miles driven and 2.7 million vehicle trips and found that Florida drivers received the second-worst score for driving while distracted, according to the study.
As of now, Florida is only one of four states in the nation in which texting while driving is a secondary and not a primary offense.
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