Texting and Driving
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
- No points for first offense
- Two points are added to primary offense (e.g.speeding) if texting occurred in a school zone
- Six points are added if the texting offense resulted in a crash
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.
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.