Throughout the State of Florida, distracted driving remains a problem- but one county in particular stands out amongst the rest: Orange County. According to reports from the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles, thousands of drivers have found themselves to be victims of distracted driving in Orange County alone, making the county the most dangerous one in the state when it comes to distracted driving.
Since Oct. 1, 2013 motorists in Florida can receive a ticket if they are caught texting while driving. However, the current ‘Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law’ is considered a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement first must stop a driver for another offense – such as careless driving, if a vehicle was swerving or going too slow while the driver was texting.
The number of accidents resulting from distracted driving did not go down after this law went into effect back in 2013. The state legislature has attempted to make stricter laws to crack down on distracted driving, making it a primary offense for a driver to text while driving. However, none of these efforts to make distracted driving a primary offense have been successful. This failure has not deterred lawmakers, as a new proposal is heading towards the state legislature in 2019.
According to state statistics, between the years 2013 and 2017, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving went up by 33 percent. In 2013, 5,390 accidents occurred due to distracted driving in Orange County. As of 2016, the number of reported accidents caused by distracted driving went up to 6,100. In 2017, 6,972 distracted driving accidents were reported in Orange County.
Of all the 67 Florida counties surveyed, Orange County stood out as the most dangerous county when it comes to distracted driving. In fact, drivers in Orange County were two and a half times more likely to be involved in an accident caused from distracted driving.
As a car accident attorney who handles these type cases every day, I advise that you put your cell phone away while driving, as it cuts down your ability to react quickly and appropriately to hazards around you. The consequences can be deadly, distracted driving is 100% preventable.
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