August 25th, 2012 - by DKRPA
The distracted driving debate isn’t a debate at all, really. Distracted driving is a violation of the rules of the road and it encompasses a wide range of reckless acts by people behind the wheel. Texting while driving is the most easily recognizable form of distracted driving.
Though the act itself doesn’t have a specific law in Florida like it does in a majority of U.S. states, there are expansive distracted driving law that cover the violations a driver would perform if they were to stare down at a cell phone screen while they operated a vehicle.
There is no other way to say it than this: texting while driving is a careless act. The driver shows no regard for others on the road and is blatantly ignoring their primary responsibility, which is to have their full attention on the road. Innocent bystanders can be severely hurt all because a negligent driver wanted to send a smiley face to a friend.
But the truth is, distracted driving has always been around, even before the invention of cell phones. Changing the radio dial is a form of distracted driving; fussing with your hair in the rearview mirror is also a form of distracted driving.
Pawing at some fast food meets the distracted driving criteria too — an offense one Massachusetts teen did not respect. With a blinking red light facing her, she reached for her burger and fries and plowed right through the intersection.
A police officer was going through the intersection too because cross traffic had a blinking yellow light. The two vehicles collided, and now the teen is being charged with a variety of traffic violations and fines.
Source: Associated Press, “Police: Fast food reach caused Mass. car crash,” Aug. 22, 2012
What can you do in case of a distracted driving accident? Learn more at our Palm Beach car accident page.