More than 270 police officers, safety advocates, and other officials met in Tampa on November 13, 2012 to discuss distracted driving laws in Florida. Researchers, physicians, and victims of distracted driving spoke about the importance of staying of focused on the road the tragic car accidents caused by distracted driving.
Florida is one of only 11 states that does that does have a ban on texting and driving. Florida is also one of the only states without a single distracted driver law. Distracted driver laws have been adopted in many states and the laws typically make it illegal to talk, text, or use your cell phone while driving. There are variations in distracted driver laws; some call for a complete ban on the use of a cell phone while driving, some specifically ban texting, and some are specifically aimed at the use of cellphones by young drivers.
There are many Floridians in favor of some distracted driver laws and say that the laws will help protect the safety of all of Florida’s citizens while on the road. However, some of Florida’s lawmakers are hesitant to impose distracted driver laws in the name of individual rights. As the number of crashes due to distracted driving increases in Florida, supporters like those at the Florida Distracted Driving Summit will continue to work to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. Even though Florida has not adopted any distracted driver laws yet, every driver is responsible for their actions on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, call the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks to discuss your rights.