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Distracted Driving Case Study

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The state of Florida does not do enough to prevent distracted driving. According to Distracted.gov, “In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.” This is an increase to the deaths from 2010, according to the NHTSA, “In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.” The state of Florida has issued a law to ban texting and driving in 2013, and in 2011 the “Just Put it Down” campaign was started to end distracted driving. But some may argue that the state has done all they can, and that rather than blaming the state for not enacting enough laws, blame the people for disobeying the laws and not being responsible drivers.…show more content…
Though, four years prior, the Florida Department of Transportation had addressed distracted driving as one of its pressing concerns. This leads many to question the FDOT’s actual concerns of the matter. The law is a secondary law, meaning that for the violation to even apply, a driver must be pulled over for a separate traffic infraction. With the amount of deaths caused by distracted driving every year, and a survey in 2010 that showed sixty-four percent of the surveyees designating distracted driving as the most serious hazard on the road, many question who the law truly benefits, the people, or the state? If the state of Florida has truly cared about the barring of distracted driving, why hasn’t it joined other states such as Nevada, California, Connecticut, and more, who have all banned texting and
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