Monthly Awareness Challenge

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April Safety Focus

The Indian Shores Police Department wants to increase safety awareness among the residents and visitors in the towns of Indian and Redington Shores!

Each month has a special focus geared toward the education of the motoring public and/or pedestrians.

April's Safety Focus is DISTRACTED DRIVING! 

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Distracted Driving Facts

Between 2012-2017, nearly 20,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.

  • According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there were 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017. While this reflects a 9 percent decrease from 2016 to 2017, there is still much work to be done. In the last six years, 9.5 percent of all fatal crashes involved a distracted driver.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among younger drivers. In fact, in 2017, 8 percent of people killed in teen (15-19) driving crashes died when the teen drivers were distracted at the times of the crashes.
  • According to NHTSA, young drivers 16- to 24-years-old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
  • Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in fatal distracted driving crashes as compared to male drivers every year since 2012.
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What's the Law?

Currently in Florida, texting while driving is a secondary offense. This means another violation (primary violation) needs to occur, prior to you being pulled over.

THE GOAL IS NOT TO TEXT WITHOUT A VIOLATION, THE GOAL IS TO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING!  Chances are when you text, you will commit another traffic infraction. As illustrated above, in the five seconds your eyes are off the roadway, you have covered the approximate length of a football field.

Current Florida State Statute says the following:

316.305(3)(a) A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging. As used in this section, the term “wireless communications device” means any handheld device used or capable of being used in a handheld manner, that is designed or intended to receive or transmit text or character-based messages, access or store data, or connect to the Internet or any communications service as defined in s. 812.15 and that allows text communications. For the purposes of this paragraph, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is not subject to the prohibition in this paragraph. 

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