When 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 .
At first, police may have thought a drunk driver caused your accident. Witnesses said the car that hit yours swerved across the line and that the driver seemed slumped over the wheel. The truth, however, may have surprised you. The driver had simply fallen asleep.
According 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.
It 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.
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.
This week, the Northwest Florida Daily News took a look at what is going on with the traffic problem in downtown Fort Walton Beach. The article looks at the "stop-and-roll madness" endured by motorists trying to get over the Brooks Bridge on US Highway 98 and on all the feeder roads surrounding the area.
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.