Keep your eyes on the road.
Keep your hands on the wheel.
And get off the phone.
Distracted driving is killing people.
Anyone who is driving while texting, watching a video, putting on makeup, shaving or even reading a newspaper just needs to stop.
You are not only endangering yourself, you are putting others at risk.
It does not matter how good of a driver you think you are.
All distracted driving is dangerous driving.
It is also illegal.
And kudos to the Florida legislators for strengthening the current law against texting while driving. If signed into law, it will go into effect July 1.
A bill was passed Monday that would make texting while driving a primary offense — meaning law enforcement may now pull someone over solely for texting while driving. The bill also prohibits drivers from using a handheld device — even talking — in active construction and school zones.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 51,000 distracted driver-related crashes in the state last year.
All these things can be dangerous while driving:
— using a cell phone or smartphone
— eating and drinking
— reading, including maps
— using a navigation system
— watching a video
— adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Research from AAA shows that people who text are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash. Talking on a handheld device raises the odds by double.
Cracking down on distracted driving is not government over reach. It is a matter of public safety.