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Distracted Driving

Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Knape wants you to know about Florida’s law’s regarding texting while driving.

Did you know that as of this time, the State of Florida does not have a so-called distracted driving law? Florida is one of just 11 states where drivers who are texting and driving cannot be ticketed. That may be about to change.

During November 2012, the Florida Distracted Driving Summit was held in Tampa and 270 officials, safety experts and law enforcement personnel came together to discuss the subject, although it appears that the climate for change is not that great. In mid-November, the Republican leadership of the Florida House of Representatives issued a statement saying, “Elected officials have a responsibility to consider the safety of Floridians and also ensure drivers are safe on the roadways. Equally as important as our safety are individual rights, and in the case of texting while driving, there should be no exception.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott has called for a texting and driving study to help him decide if further action is needed. This study was commissioned after it was reported that Florida traffic fatalities were up 4% in 2012.

Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Knape suggests following the guidelines of the Florida Highway Patrol in regards to cell phone use while driving. The FHP has five tips for cell phone use while driving.

  • Make safe driving your first priority – If you think talking on your phone will distract you, don’t do it. If you get a call, just let it ring. That is why there is voice mail.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t dial and drive. Wait until you stop. Memorize where the buttons are on your phone so you can answer a call without taking your eyes from the road.
  • Be prepared. Don’t try to locate phone numbers while driving.
  • Limit your conversation. Keep the conversation short and to the point.
  • Above all, use common sense.

If you have been involved in an incident where texting or other forms of distracted driving was an issue, you should consult Orlando Personal Injury Attorney Joe Knape. With the main office in downtown Orlando, Personal Injury lawyer Joe Knape handles car accident cases all over Central Florida as well as offers free consultations so you can explore all of your options and learn what your rights are under current Florida law.

Covering all of Central Florida and willing to travel to your home or hospital for a free consultation, Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Knape can help with all types of issues.

For more information consult Central Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Knape. The initial consultation is free of charge. You have nothing to lose. Payment plans are available, and Joe Knape accepts all major credit cards.

 

Call Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Knape at 850-225-5563 or fill out the contact form at http://www.850calljoe.com.

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