DeSantis expected to sign texting and driving ban, aiming to curb distracted driving crashes

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Florida Senate to debate bill that could update texting while driver law

A bill banning texting and drving throughout the state will be soon be law in Florida.

On Monday, the Florida House voted 108-7 to send the bill to Governor Ron DeSantis, who has voiced his support of it, but many are wondering what this bill would actually change.

In an annual traffic crash report, the most recent data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motorvehicles shows that 234 people were killed because of distracted driving, and  226,136 others were involved in crashes from distracted driving, but were left uninjured.

According to the National Safety Council, the U.S. has seen three consequtive years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies to combat certain issues, like distracted driving, become more difficult to justify.

In 2016, the NSC  surveyed more than 3,000 people across the country to see how they interact with their cell phones while driving. Here's what they found:

  •  32% review or send text messages
  •  23% review or send email
  •  23% glance at, read or post social media messages
  •  21% surf the internet
  •  19% look at, take or post photos or videos
  •  14% watch tv or a movie on the phone
  •  14% participate in a video chat

Once the bill reaches his desk, DeSantis will have a week to sign it. 

Florida is one of the last few states to implement a texting and driving ban and will join 43 others starting Jan. 1, 2020.


Distracted Driving Crashes

Here's a look at distracted driving crashes from 2018. Hover over the bars to see the exact numbers.

 

Source: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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