Texting While Driving: The Florida Legislature attempts to ‘send a message’ about distracted driving.

Car accidents involving distracted driving can lead to deadly consequences. In 2008, a young woman from Spring Hill, Florida was driving when another driver swerved into her lane, resulting in a head-on collision. Evidence showed that the at-fault driver had sent a text message just prior to the occurrence of the accident. Sadly, both drivers involved in this accident were killed. The parents of the young Spring Hill woman who died have been pursuing a campaign to encourage the Florida Legislature to pass a ban on texting while driving, and they recently traveled to Tallahassee to speak out in favor of such a ban. According to a Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll, 71 percent of Florida voters support a ban on texting while driving.

Unfortunately, the story of the young Spring Hill woman is not an isolated case. Texting while driving has been become a dangerous epidemic in Florida and across the country. The Florida Legislature has been trying for years to pass a bill that will place a ban on texting while driving. During the 2012 legislative session, Senate Bill 416 and House Bill 299 have been introduced, titled as a law “relating to the use of wireless communications devices while driving.” While the texting while driving bill has received support in the Florida Senate, it been met with opposition in the Florida House of Representatives. Opponents of the bill cite unwarranted intrusion into privacy and difficulty of enforcement as reasons for opposing the bill. It appears that there will be further delay in enacting legislation that will help serve as a deterrent to the texting while driving epidemic.

Regardless of whether or not there is a law in Florida banning texting while driving, we need to take responsibility as drivers to refrain from using our cellular phones to text, e-mail, or instant message while driving. Using our cellular phones while driving drastically decreases our level of concentration and increases the potential of being involved in a
serious accident.

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in theTampa Bay area for over 55 years. Contact us today!

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