Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Texting and Driving

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Distractions while you are driving can be very dangerous. We can't stress enough how important it is to pay full attention to driving while your vehicle is in motion.

5 Seconds = 290 Feet

At 40 MPH you are traveling more than 58 feet per second. So if you look at a text for just 5 seconds, your vehicle has traveled more than 290 feet. Imagine what can happen in that 5 seconds and 290 feet. Cars may have stopped, a child may have walked into the road, and when you look up it is too late to stop.

In 2014 The Florida DMV made it a secondary offense to text while driving. Specifically operating a motor vehicle in motion while manually typing into a wireless communications device as a secondary offense.

This means that you can receive additional points if you are caught texting. Here is a summary of the points related to texting while driving.

Points on your License for Texting

This means that you can rack up a lot of points in one incident. Enough that you are one mistake away from losing your license.

Teens Texting

But the points should be a secondary concern. Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research institute concluded that 25 percent of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.

Don't text and drive, ever.