The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is pleading with drivers to pay more attention to the road this summer. Last year, there were over 48,500 reported crashes caused by distracted driving in Florida. To combat this issue, FDOT will provide opportunities for drivers to educate themselves on distracted driving prevention when traffic is heavier with summer travel.
Director of FDOT, Terry L. Rhodes, says of distracted driving in Florida, “As you drive this summer, respect your safety, respect the safety of your passengers, and respect the safety of other road users by eliminating all distractions and focusing on driving.”
Anyone can be involved in a distracted driving case where you need a Miami traffic attorney, but drivers ages 16 to 24 years old are at the highest risk of distracted driving crashes. Texting while driving is the most common cause of distracted driving and potentially the most dangerous as it impairs visual, cognitive, and manual focus.
FDOT recommends the following to help prevent dangerous situations as a result of distracted driving:
Pull over to a safe location and park your car if you must send or receive a text message.
If you are riding with other passengers, designate a texter to send and read text messages for you.
If you have trouble restraining from looking at your phone while driving, put it in the trunk.