Have you seen the video that is circulating through the news and through social media of a guy getting in a nasty accident down in southwest Florida? It is a video capturing a texting-and-driving accident in Fort Myers in early January. The video has a lot of people talking about whether Florida’s ban on texting and driving is working.
The Florida Highway Patrol told Channel 4 that they’ve issued approximately 400 tickets across the state of Florida for texting while driving, but many of those tickets were not issued in northeast Florida. Still, drivers said they see people texting and driving all of the time, a practice that has been illegal in Florida for a little more than three months.
Channel 4 contacted numerous sheriff’s offices in northeast Florida, and none could tell if they’ve written tickets for texting while driving. But the Florida Highway Patrol has. The FHP has, so far, issued 14 tickets for texting and driving in Duval County, two in St. Johns County and one in Nassau.
There are also numerous exemptions. For example, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 4 that it’s spoken to drivers about texting and driving, and many said they were dialing their phone and ended up not getting issued a ticket. Be safe, be aware, and put down your cell phone while driving.
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