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Put It Down Campaign
Safe Phone Zones
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.
Distracción al manejar—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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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:
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, more than any other state.
For more information contact Leilani Gruener @ (850) 414-4048
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Page updated: January 15, 2019
Florida Department of Transportation
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