State Safety Office
Texting while driving is illegal in Florida. (FS 316.305)
Distracted driving includes anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the vital task of driving. There are three types of distraction: manual, which is taking hands off the wheel; visual, or taking eyes off the road; and cognitive, which involves taking one’s mind off driving. Discussions about distracted driving often center on cell phone use and texting but other activities such as eating, talking to passengers, reading, adjusting the radio or climate controls, dealing with children, and being fatigued or drowsy can be equally as distracting.
Put It Down Campaign
Driver distraction is a rapidly growing problem as the use of handheld communication devices and other technologies continue to advance. The Florida Department of Transportation is committed to eliminating crashes that are attributable to distracted driving and has developed the Put it Down campaign which focuses on helping drivers:
Safe Phone Zones
The Florida Department of Transportation, in a public-private partnership with GEICO Insurance, unveiled a statewide safety campaign in June of 2015 to tackle the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roads. As part of a national effort to encourage drivers to pull into a safe location to use their phone for calling, texting and accessing mobile apps, Florida has designated 64 Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Turnpike Service Plazas throughout the state as Safe Phone Zones.
- Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving—NHTSA
- Driver Electronic Device Use in 2015
- Evaluating the Enforceability of Texting Laws: Strategies Tested in Connecticut and Massachusetts—NHTSA
- Evaluation of the NHTSA Distracted Driving High-Visibility Enforcement Demonstration Projects in California and Delaware
- Process Overview of the High-Visibility Enforcement Programs Targeting Handheld Device Users in California and Delaware
- Teen Distracted Driver Data (2015)
- Traffic Safety Facts: Distracted Driving (2015)
- Cellular Phone Use and Texting While Driving Laws—National Conference of State Legislatures
- National Safety Council Distracted Driving Research
- Put It Down Campaign Materials—Florida Department of Transportation District 6
- Stop The Texts, Stop The Wrecks Campaign—NHTSA and the Ad Council
For more information contact Leilani Gruener @ (850) 414-4048
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