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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,166 people were killed because of distracted driving in 2017.  Furthermore, the National Safety Council notes that driving while using cell phones causes 1.6 million crashes annually.
Distracted driving is dangerous: it puts everyone in the car and on the road at risk. Moreover, of the three types of distractions below, texting and driving involves all three — visual, cognitive and manual distraction. 
Until July of 2019, the state of Florida had softer regulations against texting and driving. Officers were only allowed to cite a motorist for texting and driving as a secondary offense, meaning that they could cite them only after pulling the motorist over for a separate infraction.
This past May, the state of Florida joined most of the other states in the country making texting while driving a primary traffic offense when Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill. On July 1, 2019, this new law against texting and driving went into effect. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) kicked off the new laws with a campaign called “Put it Down: Focus on Driving.” The regulations had two phases:
Commencing January 1, 2020, Florida motorists will be issued tickets for either of these violations with the following penalties:
Of course, these consequences assume that there is no other infraction of the law other than texting and driving. To learn more, follow #PutItDown and #FocusOnDrivingFL on social media or visit flhsmv.gov/focusondriving.
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 Distracted driving National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
 Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/distracted-driving/
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