In the United States, over 266 million people have cell phones. While it is hard to imagine Florida life without it, you increase the risk of having an accident by 400% every time you use your cell phone when driving. If it is necessary, use a Bluetooth earpiece or other hands-free device.
Florida has passed the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”. Drivers can still use phones for music, navigation apps, or to pick up a call as long as a hands-free device is then used. The current Florida texting law is limited to secondary enforcement, meaning another offense must be observed in order to stop and cite an offender.The law also states you can still text or email when you are stopped at a red light. Each county has a different fine for breaking the cell phone law ranging from $30 to $60 plus court costs. DMV points will be allocated against your license for recurrence of offenses, texting in school zones resulting in a crash.
Top 10 Driving Distractions:
- Eating - Messy and Dangerous
- Kids - keep them busy with books, games
- Navigation - decide where you are going before you leave the house
- Changing radio stations - just plug in your iPod
- Pets do not let them loose inside the car
- AC - Just give it up. It will never be perfect for either of you
- Personal grooming
- Arguing with someone in the car
- Cell phones
Research shows 33 million licensed drivers do not know the basic rules. The GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test showed that too many licensed drivers do not know the rules of the road. Results for the latest test found that 16.4% of drivers on the road amounting to roughly 33 million licensed Americans-would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today.
The GMAC drivers test also showed that too many licensed drivers do not know the rules of the road. Results for the latest test found that 16.4% of drivers on the road amounting to roughly 33 million licensed Americans-would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today. Florida drivers ranked 28th in the nation with an average drivers test score of 78.6%. Kansas drivers ranked first with an average test score of 84% and New Jersey was last with an average score of 69.9%.
Know the rules of the road and drive carefully.