TALLAHASSEE - There were nearly 39,000 crashes in Florida last year in which a driver was driving distracted. Those crashes resulted in 201 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries.
Whether it’s texting on your cell phone, eating a hamburger between appointments or tuning in your favorite radio station, any driver who takes their focus off the road for even a second is driving distracted and the end result could be deadly.
April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month in Florida and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is working to bring awareness to Floridians about the dangers of distracted driving.
“Anything we can do to drive home the message that distracted driving is dangerous and often deadly is crucial to making our highways safer,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones. “‘Don’t Drive Distracted’ is a message that is especially important for young, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 who have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.”
Nationally, more than nine people are killed and more than a 1,000 others are injured each day in the U.S. as the result of a distracted driver. Texting is one of the major causes of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that any given daylight moment, there are 660,000 people who are texting and driving. Texting while driving was banned last year in Florida.
The message to all drivers is to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving. To learn more about safe driving behaviors, visit www.flhsmv.gov.