English 3 Honors
21 August 2015
Florida Texting While Driving Laws:
Are They Enough to Save Lives?
In this day and age most things are based off of technology and are fast. This can be very helpful in some ways but detrimental in others. People feel the need to use their phones while driving, but sometimes are not able to press send. Texting and driving is a leading cause of accidents that can result in serious injuries or even death. The state of Florida has provided many resources to inform people on the effects of texting and driving. They have implemented texting and driving laws, and advertise in public environments. Although these resources are helpful, Florida can still do even more with their laws to prevent tragedies. One text is not worth your life, it can wait.
Texting is a reliable resource when reaching others and obtaining information, but only when used in the appropriate environments. Texting while driving can cause fatalities to the passengers in the car and other drivers on the road. The amount of texting caused accidents resulted in texting while driving laws to, “Improve roadway safety for all vehicle operators, vehicle passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other road users” (316.305 a). Florida’s new law has helped prevent many accidents and fatalities. The U.S. Department of Transportation stated that, “In 2012, one person was injured every 75 seconds due to an accident involving a distracted driver, […] Of those, 3,328 people were killed” (Tampa Bay Times). The new statutes were definitely a good start to lowering those numbers, but the laws should be enforced in more serious ways.
While Florida has implemented texting and driving laws that have certainly helped lower the amount of accidents, it should be revised with more consequences to the offender. The law is a good start to making our roads safer, but has some flaws, “That is, if law enforcement officers catch people texting while driving, they can't...