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Distracted Driving: What State Has The Safest Drivers?

Thumbnail image for Distracted Driving.jpgWhen it comes to distracted driving, Florida ranks second in the country according to a recent study, which clearly suggests we all need to put down your phones. The findings suggest 92 percent of drivers nationwide with cell phones have used them while in a moving car in the past 30 days, according to EverQuote Inc., the online insurance firm that released the study's results. The study compiled data through 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles drives through a motion-sensing app to detect speeding, quick acceleration, hard braking, and other bad driving traits while the phone was in use carried by drivers on their smartphones over millions of miles between April 2016 and March 2017 .

Distracted Driving: The Things We Do Behind The Wheel

Distracted Driving.jpgAccording to a recent article in US News & World Report, reading emails and texting are at the top of the list of what's considered distracted driving, but there are a number of things we do while driving that are not safe or smart. Eating, personal grooming, and reaching back to referee an argument between the kids can distract us long enough for something terrible to happen. Despite the increasing availability of safety features like automatic braking, lane departure, and blind spot monitoring, distracted driving is a growing cause in accidents.

Was Distracted Driving The Cause For Two Deadly Accidents Last Week?

Distracted-Driving-Accidents (1).jpgIt was a deadly Monday, here on Emerald Coast roadways, several weeks ago. There was a popular teacher at Mosley High School who recently retired that was killed in last Monday morning in a car wreck. The incident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on County 389 just east of the intersection with Delaware Avenue. The 63-year-old-male from Lynn Haven was traveling west on his bicycle on County 389 as was the driver of a truck, a 50-year-old male of Fountain. The retired school teacher attempted to make a left hand turn, crossing County 389, onto Delaware Avenue and was subsequently struck by the semi-truck. He was transported to Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital and later died from his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Distracted Driving: Can Smart Phones Make You A Smarter Driver?

We've blogged on this before. Using cellphones behind the wheel makes many people distracted and dangerous drivers. Moreover, distracted driving is defined as occurring anytime something diverts your attention from the road ahead, and according to a report on distracted driving from the National Safety Council (NSC), cellphones are one of the top causes of distracted driving today.

Texting while driving: dangerous in many ways

Sometimes it seems like we are attached to our cellphones. We carry them constantly, and for many of us, they are the last thing we see before bed and the first thing we look at when we wake up in the morning. They are a constant stream of information, emails, internet access, social media, videos and communication with loved ones through sharing photos, conversations and text messages.

Distracted Driving: Texting And Driving Laws Under Review

There is talk that there will be changes in the text and driving laws. Florida still has some of the weaker laws pertaining to texting and now they are looking to strengthen those laws. It is hopeful that during the 2016 Legislative Session, a law will be passed where drivers could get pulled over and cited for texting and driving. Currently, Florida allows law enforcement to issue a citation for texting only if the driver was pulled over for another traffic offense. The new law would make texting a primary offense, allowing law enforcement to stop drivers and issue a citation even if they haven't committed another offense. The bill does not apply when a car is stopped or if drivers are using their phone to access their GPS or to receive safety-related messages, such as traffic and weather alerts. The Senator who is sponsoring the bill said he filed the bill with young drivers in mind because they are more likely to get into a car accident. Florida is one of a few states where texting and driving is a secondary offense and critics say that pre-empts law enforcement from cracking down on violators. More than 3,100 drivers have received citations for texting and driving in Florida from October 2013 to September, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Senator's bill keeps the current base fine, which is $30 for a first offense. Drivers pay up to $60 for a second offense while also getting three points added to their driving record. The final amount violators pay varies by county.

Distracted Driving On The Rise

A Honda Civic with six people inside was headed east on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and skidded into the oncoming lanes, according to a crash report. A westbound pickup truck hit the car's passenger side, ejecting all six occupants, the crash report said. FHP say the 32-year-old female was a passenger in the Honda Civic. The driver's name is listed as "unknown" and FHP says that person died as a result of the accident. The driver's name will be released pending further investigation.The female driver was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was the only one in the Civic who survived the accident. The other occupants, a 43 year old male and 4 children, ages 7, 6, 15 and 3 lost there lives in the accident. All of the Honda passengers were from Winder, Georgia.

Distracted Driving Is Making Some Think Twice About Driving At All

According to Pew Research, Millennials (ages 18 to 34 in 2015) are projected to number 75.3 million in 2015. That means they will surpass the Baby Boomers (74.9 million) as the nation's largest living generation this year. Research came out several years ago that millennials were not buying cars and they weren't getting their licenses. At the time, the United States was in a recession and the reason this generation wasn't driving was mostly because couldn't afford to. Now, millennials are finally in the market for a car, and they are the second biggest generation buying cars next to Baby Boomers. But they still don't want to drive because they're afraid of other drivers.

Distracted Driving: An Epidemic Sweeping The Nation

Distracted driving is a horrible pattern seen on all of America's roadways. In 2013, 3,154 were killed in distracted driving crashes. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012. Thus, it is important to point out that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month and a opportunity to remind motorists of the severity of distracted driving.

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