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Distracted driving remains a serious problem in Florida

An interesting report was released recently by EverQuote, an online insurance firm, about distracted driving. According to EverQuote, they used the EverDrive motion sensing app to calculate how many people took out their phone while driving in the last 30 days. The app said that 92 percent of drivers had done so. What's worse is that Florida ranked second-worst in the country in these terms, only ahead of Louisiana.

Sadly, this isn't something that surprised the assistant chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He said: "I was driving on the turnpike and there was slow traffic and when the traffic picked up I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a white vehicle coming... I pulled off into a left [lane] and the vehicle barely hit the vehicle in front [of me] and he had a cellphone in his right hand."

The policeman then said there was nothing he could do about it because texting while driving in the state of Florida is not a primary offense -- meaning an officer can't pull someone over for the offense alone. Another violation has to occur too, a primary one, that allows the police to take action on the texting while driving, which is a secondary offense.

Hopefully a change to Florida's laws will come about sooner rather than later. Distracted driving, and more specifically cellphone use while driving, is a major concern. Too many people suffer as a result of willful ignorance out on the road.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Florida second-worst state for distracted driving, study says," Wayne K. Rousten, April 12, 2017

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