why texting in florida should be a primary offense

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Submitted: February 12, 2017

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Florida Should enforce laws for texting while driving

 

 

 

A person’s texting while driving and its’s one of those rushed days and they might have to do some last- minute adjustments to their make-up, or text a friend real quick, and can’t wait it out until they’ve stopped driving. They don’t think about actions. They don’t even think of it being illegal because they’ve never seen a law being enforced in the state of Florida about it, except a little fine of $30. They don’t even think of the repercussions of they’re actions. They may even think that it’s no big deal because they’ve done it before because no one’s stopping them and no one’s making a big deal about it. Next thing they know is they have crashed into an oncoming car and then everything goes black. No one knows if they’ve survived. If the other driver was ok, but they do know it could have all been prevented. Yes, some people may say that Florida has made laws, but these laws aren’t enforced enough, If Florida were to enforce the law harder, raise the fine and make it a primary offense, then People will listen, and take it all more seriously.

 

During the year of 2013, there was a law passed against texting and driving by the state of Florida. Although that law was passed, a person could not get into trouble for distracted driving unless there were 2 secondary offenses that would only then be paid with a 30-dollar fine. Not that much at all to be exact, (“Why Florida’s Texting and Driving Law Might Be Ineffective | WUFT News." WUFT News. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Aug. 2014.) meaning, that they could get into trouble for texting while driving only if they were to commit something like crashing into another vehicle while on the roadway then it would be put into consideration afterward. That is one of the reasons why this raised a lot of questions among civilians about this issue because then Teenagers or other reckless drivers would not take this law seriously. Residents live in fear when on the roadway, of maybe colliding, getting in an accident, or losing their lives with someone on the road, who probably, does not care about the rules set in place and others speculate on the next big death rate statistic about this issue. The problem is as simple to fix as any other, locals want a more exceeding stronger, tougher regulation on law benders. Too many teens die because these things are being taken lightly. Over ten percent of all drivers (15 to 19) were elaborated in deadly crashes that were then reported as distracted driving, at the period of these crashes.  Which is very heartbreaking to hear, because this age group had the most proportion of drivers who were distracted while driving before the crashes were even existent in their case (Facts and Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016). So, something must be done about this.

Some may say that there were things done, or laws made to Stop texting while driving, but many would disagree. Especially the ones who have lost family members or friends. Yes, the Laws were made, but was it enforced? A thirty dollar fine for a secondary offense is just an excuse to avoid the problem, ("Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine." Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.) a risky move that is only making the problem worse.  Not only are Locals talking, there are also authorities, who seem to also know. In Tallahassee, there was a Broward Democrat who wanted lawmakers to toughen the state’s law on texting while driving in the year of 2017 ("Tougher Texting While Driving Law Proposed." CBS Miami. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2016), it’s pretty evident that it is essentially very important to toughen up the law, because nowadays, with the new technology coming out teens are getting to engrossed in this technology that they can’t keep their eyes on the road. Statistics show that the percentage of drivers distracted while driving are holding some electronic device and were normally Teenagers. 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Since 2007.  There were teens 16 to 19 who were seen manipulating with electronic devices more than older drivers. If the laws were to be enforced, then Teens would take this more seriously ("Facts and Statistics." Distracted Driving: Facts and Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2016). Rather than think that it is a joke.

 

The state of Florida did not officially come out with a law for texting while driving. There were regulations, like the secondary offense, but that was not enough. Most citizens and others agree that they’re not saying take away phones or that you can’t have it within reaching distance while driving will sort of miraculously solve the problem. What they’re saying is, not enough is being done to make texting and distracted driving a serious matter. Yes, they have this and that law sat in place, but it’s not a primary offense, like if you were to be caught drunk while driving the person drunk would have a harsh penalty, while a texting offence is not looked at until you commit something else, even though both cause death and accidents so they’re not much different. In this sentence from the Florida Senate web sites ("The Florida Senate." Chapter 316 Section 305 - 2013 Florida Statutes - The Florida Senate. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.) it talks about they’re penalty for the state of Florida “Only in the event of a crash resulting in death or personal injury, a user’s billing records for a wireless communications device or the testimony of or written statements from appropriate authorities receiving such messages may be admissible as evidence in any proceeding to determine whether a violation of paragraph (a) has been committed.” My Proof of the law of secondary offense. Anyhow, ("The Dangers of Distracted Driving." Federal Communications Commission. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.) said that there were no laws established for this dilemma, or the sentences own words, “Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but several states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving.”, this is the reason why it continues to be a problem in the state of Florida, Something must be done, and not half-way but addressed fully on, so that this problem can be fixed. Distracted while driving is not a person who is foolish and can’t multi-task, it’s exactly what the name is, a distraction. Taking your eyes off the road for more than a second is just like being impaired of judgement while drunk, ("Texting While Driving Vs. Drunk Driving: Which Is More Dangerous?" Brain Injury Society. N.p., 2013. Web. 20 Dec. 2016) they both will cause the driver to be impaired while driving and can also result in closely tailing someone, not being able to brake on time and or weaving into oncoming traffic.  This can all be stopped with simple enforcing the law, because so many lives are impacted by this simple act (Eastwood, Abigail. "This Emotional Texting and Driving Video Will Make You Put Your Phone Down." UPROXX. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.), one girl named Jacey lost both her parents and was paralyzed on one side of her face permanently after the aftermath because of a distracted driver, there are so many other stories to tell as well, not just this one, thousands, and millions, and as I might have said before This law should be enforced so this can be stopped.

 

 

There should be tougher laws. No one should be afraid to go on the highways because of this. The state needs to enforce these laws. Toughen them. Make it a primary offense. Jacey lost both her parents because no one was taking this law seriously. Over a thousand in Florida lost their lives, from being the victim or the threat when they pulled out they’re phone thinking that it was nothing as well. while, the innocent were only a statistic; Enforcing the law is the first thing they should start doing because it’s not rocket science it’s a simple problem to fix, and it needs to be taken seriously.

 

 

 

Works cited page: 

 

Eastwood, Abigail. "This Emotional Texting and Driving Video Will Make You Put Your Phone Down." UPROXX. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016

Facts and Statistics." Distracted Driving: Facts and Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2016

Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine." Statutes & Constitution: View Statutes: Online Sunshine. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016

Texting While Driving Vs. Drunk Driving: Which Is More Dangerous?" Brain Injury Society. N.p., 2013. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving." Federal Communications Commission. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Dec. 2016

Tips from the Florida Highway Patrol." Cell Phones and Florida Drivers. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Aug. 2014.

What Is Distracted Driving?" Distraction.gov, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2013.

Why Florida’s Texting and Driving Law Might Be Ineffective | WUFT News." WUFT News. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Aug. 2014.


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