Distracted Driving – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys
Many people remember the 1973 song by Alice Cooper “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and that’s what police officers may sing to drivers as they write tickets for texting and driving on south Florida roads. Since October 1st of last year they have been issuing warnings, but beginning January 1st they are writing real tickets for offenders.
The Pembroke Pines Police posted on their Facebook page:
ATTENTION DRIVERS: It is illegal for drivers to hold phones while driving through school zones and active construction zones. Any cell phone use while driving in these areas is restricted to ‘hands-free’ modes. (FSS 316.306)
Since October 2019, officers have been issuing warnings to drivers who have been seen disobeying this new law. As of this month, we will begin regular enforcement and any violators will face a citation.
In addition, texting while driving (regardless of the location) has been increased to a primary offense. This means that police officers can pull over drivers just for texting and driving, without committing any other traffic violation. (FSS 316.305)
The fines vary according to the location of the infraction (construction or school zone) and if it is a first or second offense, and there are points involved as well as other costs including higher insurance premiums. Smart drivers will just put the phone down, away from where it can be a distraction, and focus on the road. Thousands of accidents are injuring and killing people across he country every year and these tragedies can be prevented just by using some common sense, courtesy, and caution.
We have been helping automobile, truck, and motorcycle collision victims in south Florida since 1992 and sadly many of them were injured because of distracted driving. If you have been in an accident and have questions, we are here to help. Call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006 and we’ll listen and offer advice.