Browsing: Distracted Drivers

People cozy up to their cell phones as though these small devices are their best friends in the world. But it cannot be stressed enough: Distracted driving kills. Cell phone use while driving kills. And because of that well established fact, this little friend is probably the worst enemy you will ever have. This message is especially important in a state such as Florida, in which a person behind the wheel cannot be pulled over and ticketed merely for driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. According to DMVFlorida.org: “Driving and talking on a cell phone is perfectly legal in Florida. But should you do it? We’ve all seen drivers with cell phones glued to their ears changing lanes too close to you, rolling through stop signs, or just not driving well at all. One of the biggest…

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People cozy up to their cell phone as though these small devices are their best friend in the world. But it cannot be stressed enough: Distracted driving kills. Cell phone use while driving kills. And because of that well established fact, this little friend is probably the worst enemy you will ever have. This message is especially important in a state such as Florida, in which a person behind the wheel cannot be pulled over and ticketed merely for driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. According to DMVFlorida.org: “Driving and talking on a cell phone is perfectly legal in Florida. But should you do it? We’ve all seen drivers with cell phones glued to their ears changing lanes too close to you, rolling through stop signs, or just not driving well at all. One of the biggest…

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A distraction that can cause serious personal injury: Road Rage This is the time of year in which traffic is not the only thing rampant on the roads – drivers are facing multiple distractions, from issues with jobs, family and juggling holiday events to internal distractions in their cars, chiefly, phones. But there is another distraction that can hurt drivers and passengers just as much as texting on a cell phone at 70 miles per hour: Road Rage. According to research, drivers who are in the throes of an emotional problem are facing a distraction level “even more serious than those experienced by cell phone users,” according to the website dmv.org. DMV.org says that these negative emotions can cause otherwise excellent drivers to: Experience dimmed or otherwise impaired observation and reaction times. Fail to recognize situations, such as an abrupt…

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Texting and driving – The personal injury will last longer than the moment it takes to look down at that phone It’s happened again – another senseless accident caused by texting behind the wheel of a car. The Sun Sentinel reported on Oct. 20 that a teen, apparently celebrating his 18th birthday, allegedly stole a BMW and was involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed another driver in Coral Springs. http://tinyurl.com/gwgqlqz. The teen faces multiple charges stemming from the Sept. 25 crash. According to the newspaper, a passenger told police that the driver was distracted “using his cellphone and not paying attention to the road,” losing control of the car while he sped along State Road 7 and attempted to turn onto Sample Road. It is yet another incident in a frustrating – and often tragic – epidemic law enforcement…

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They’re here: distracted driving parents. Not the school buses. Not the children at the crosswalks and sidewalks, although their presence is important for any driver. Not the flood of tourists – yet. No. It’s the parents driving their kids to school. The parents distracted by their children in the car – not having the time to feed them before leaving the house and passing around juice bottles while switching lanes. Looking behind them to issue a warning to a child having a tantrum instead of focusing on the road. The return of school means the return of another sort of distracted driver. Personal injury from a car accident can affect a life for days, months and years to come – a child, or anyone, could sustain a lifetime of injuries. For parents, it’s not the cell phone that disrupts their…

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