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