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Texting and Driving Bill Gaining Support in Florida

Florida
is presently one of only fifteen states without some extent of a ban on texting
while operating a motor vehicle.  Sen.
Nancy Detert (Republican out of Venice) has championed the passage of Senate
Bill 416, prohibiting the action of texting while operating an automobile and
the bill passed its third overall committee with a vote of 14-1.    Senate Bill 416 will now move onto the
Senate Budget Committee for yet another vote in the coming weeks.

 

Florida Consumers Support texting
and Driving Ban

 

A
statewide poll conducted by Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald
found that 71 percent of Floridians are presently in favor of banning
texting.  The poll was conducted by
interviewing 800 registered Florida voters and illustrated support for the ban
of texting and driving across all known demographics.

 

A 2009
study conducted by Eddie Alterman, Editor of Car & Driver Magazine produced
shocking results.  An individual that is
operating their automobile at 60 miles per hour can anticipate at a minimum an
additional 68 feet in stopping distance while sending or retrieving a text
message.  In contrast to an impaired
driver, a distracted driver who is texting takes almost 30% longer to bring
their car to a complete stop.  It is
shocking to state that texting and driving may actually be more dangerous than
drinking and driving.  As a DUI victim
attorney, I often publish articles in our blog section that entails the horror
stories and senseless tragedies relating to the actions of impaired
drivers.  The proliferation of mobile
phones over the past decade and the acceptance of texting and utilizing mobile
phones to check social media in pop culture, has contributed to the mainstream
belief that this is normal behavior.  Thus,
texting while driving is not frowned upon by the mainstream media and pop
culture in contrast to drinking and driving.

 

Unfortunately
we do not have access to a large body of studies to show just how dangerous and
devastating this action can be.  In fact,
we are now only beginning to see a concerted effort towards studying the
dangerous consequences of texting and driving and ensuring that the general
public learns of this danger. 

 

Florida Injury Attorney
Combatting Distracted Drivers

 

At
Dolman Law Group, we often represent victims who were injured due to the
actions of a distracted driver.  There is
no phone call or text message that is so important that it worth putting your
own life or the life of a fellow motorist or pedestrian in danger.  The action of texting while driving results
in a distracted driver, who will have a much slower reaction time.  As a Clearwater personal injury attorney, it
is my goal to educate Florida consumers on the consequences of texting or
talking on a cell phone while driving an automobile. By willfully engaging in
such activity, it is my belief that this amounts to a complete disregard for
the caution and safety of fellow motorists and pedestrians.  – Matthew A. Dolman, Esq.

 

Matthew A. Dolman, Esq., is a Florida Personal Injury Attorney
and civil trial lawyer who limits his practice to first and third party claims
relating to an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, TBI, insurance carrier
bad faith, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Matthew resides in
Clearwater, Florida.

Dolman Law Group is a personal injury and civil trial law firm
based in Clearwater, Florida.  Located in central Pinellas County (ten
minutes from St. Petersburg and fifteen minutes from Tampa), the attorneys at
Dolman Law Group represent only consumers and never will or have ever
represented an insurance carrier. 

 

We routinely litigate personal injury claims relating to
automobile and motorcycle accidents throughout the State of Florida and
actively represent plaintiffs in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee,
Sarasota and Polk County.  Dolman Law Group actively serves the following
cities; Clearwater, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Beach, Largo, Pinellas Park,
Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Ozona, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Carrolwood,
New Tampa, Oldsmar, Trinity, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson, Bradenton
and Sarasota.

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