Put It Down Campaign: Do Not Text and Drive!

 

The Key Biscayne Police Department has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in a campaign titled "Put it Down". A new distracted driving state law goes into effect October 1, 2013 and this campaign involves educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving (i.e., texting, emailing, etc. while driving).

 

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The main message is to stop texting while driving to save lives.

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways.

  • According to the Fall/Winter 2012 SunPass Newsletter,
    • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 involved reports of distracted driving,
    • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
    • Text messaging creates a crash risk twenty-three times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • FDOT's District Six Construction Office in Miami reports that more than 5,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving.

The State Safety Office of the FDOT defines distracted driving as "any mental or physical activity that takes the driver’s focus off the task of driving. The Florida crash report allows officers to report driver distraction in the following categories: distracted by electronic communication devices (cell phone, etc), other electronic devices (navigation device, DVD player), other distraction inside the vehicle, external distraction (outside the vehicle), texting or general inattentiveness."

 

Effective October 1, 2013, texting while driving is a citable offense in the State of Florida. The new law is a secondary law, meaning an officer can only issue a ticket if a driver has been pulled over for another violation (like speeding).

 

Join the Florida Department of Transportation and its partners and take the safety pledge at http://www.fdotmiamidade.com/putitdown.

 

 

Additional information is available at www.distraction.gov, the offficial U.S. Government website for distracted driving.

 

 

 

 

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