Do you text, Tweet, Facebook, take selfies or otherwise busy yourself while driving? Be honest. We won’t judge.
We’ll fess up, Some of us at Central Florida Top 5 have, on a few occasions, sent a text or email while driving. We’re not admitting this because we’re proud of it, we share this in an effort to hold ourselves accountable. In covering so many of Central Florida’s events our writers are on the road a lot, en route to locations several times a week. Like everyone else on the road, we get busy. Unfortunately time stops for no one, not even us.
Currently there’s no law here in Florida banning cell phones while driving. Texting, yes, but not an overall ban. But, you know what? None of this is an excuse to drive while distracted. You or your family may be driving distracted out of habit – even in the littlest bits – and not even realize it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as, “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”
Included in the types of distractions are;
- Using a mobile or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, cd player, or MP3 Player
Today our friends at Ford Southeast are teaming up with Florida’s Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to spread a message: Don’t text, #justdrive.
Take the pledge today at http://www.distraction.gov/take-action/take-the-pledge.html