The new Florida Ban on Texting While Driving law has classified texting while driving as a secondary offense. In addition, new legislative bills are currently being considered in order to reinforce the state's commitment to making the roads even safer. However, the ban has been heavily criticized by the general public so far. Meanwhile, Gross & Schuster P.A. of Milton, a team of Milton lawyers with a focus on personal injury and accident law, has warned that the new law has not yet made a noticeable impact.
Terence Gross, partner in Gross & Schuster P.A., says: "More and more drivers are now texting while driving, which is really worrisome. This behavior has caused countless injuries and even death. While we welcome the new law and the proposed new bills, they still don't really address the fact that people simply disregard the dangers associated with texting while driving."
One of the new bills that is being suggested is the Texting While Driving in a School Zone. If passed, this will double the traffic citation cost of drivers caught texting while behind the wheel at a designated school crossing in a posted active school zone. The Milton attorney is also excited about the Driving Safety Bill, which, if passed, will classify texting while driving as a primary, rather than secondary driving offense. Terence Gross adds: "This bill would mean that people do not have to commit another traffic violation to be punished for texting while driving. We feel this is a very important bill."
Texting while driving is known to be a very serious problem. The Milton personal injury attorney has cited a piece of research by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which revealed that when drivers are distracted by sending and receiving text messages, this increases their level of risk 23 times. Terence Gross also wants people to understand just how bad this can be for people involved. "We get personal injury cases all the time where someone got hurt because they were texting, or because someone else was texting. These are serious injuries, and can even result in death. We want people to think about that the next time they chose to break the law."
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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