Should Florida Create “Texting Zones” on Local Highways?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 21, 2013

cell phone while drivingAs we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, combating distracted driving requires creative solutions. Even though most drivers understand the risks, they still continue to talk and text behind the wheel.

In New York, officials are creating special "Texting Zones" along the New York State Thruway and other state highways, which are designed to encourage drivers to pull of the highway to use their mobile devices. The new initiative is part of a comprehensive program designed to target distracted driving, which also includes stepped up police enforcement of the state’s anti-texting laws.

“Five minutes really won’t make a difference” to wait to look at a phone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference announcing the new initiative. “It really won’t. It can wait. And if you wait until you are in a rest area or a service area, you literally may be saving someone’s life, and the life you save may be your own.”

The new texting areas will be located in existing Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas, but new signage will be added along the highways to promote their use for cellphone conversations. The signs read: It can wait. Text Stop: 1 Mile.”

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte distracted accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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