There are three different kinds of driver distraction.
Texting involves all three types of driver distraction, making it one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. Take this quiz and learn more about the dangers of texting and driving and other examples of distractions.
The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, section 316.305, Florida Statues, which took effect on July 1, 2019, allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to motorists that are texting and driving.
9% of fatal crashes, 15% of injury crashes, and 14% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019 were reported as crashes in which a driver was distracted at the time of the crash.
We’re all at risk of distracted driving crashes, so consider these tips for safe driving. If you must send or receive a text, pull over to a safe location and park your car first. If you have passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to handle all your texting. And if you can’t resist looking at your phone, keep it in the trunk.
It’s important to remember that when you drive distracted, it’s not only yourself you’re putting at risk. You’re also endangering any passengers riding with you, people in other vehicles, and non-motorists.
To avoid a crash, a driver must perceive a hazard, react, and give the vehicle time to stop. Driver perception distance and reaction distance dramatically affect a vehicle’s stopping distance.