Tag: distracted driving
Huguenot Memorial Park's main roadway has been closed several times due to tidal damage. Photo via Drew Dixon.

Janelle Irwin TaylorDecember 17, 2018

Rep. Jackie Toledo filed legislation Monday that would make “distracted driving” a primary offense. The bill (HB 107) would apply to texting while driving and to talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving. Current law bans using a cell phone while driving as a secondary offense, which means law enforcement officers can […]

Janelle Irwin TaylorDecember 4, 2018

Florida Polytechnic University is trying to tackle drowsy and distracted driving in its latest research, the school announced Tuesday. New research seeks to detect and prevent the two road dangers, which represent one of the main causes of traffic fatalities. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Kanwal Gagneja is heading the effort. She and her team […]

Staff ReportsAugust 14, 2018

One area is bucking the long-term decline in workers’ compensation claims nationally, according to a study by an industry data clearinghouse and rate-setting agent: Motor vehicle accidents. These increased by 5 percent between 2011 and 2016, amid a 17.6 percent decline in all claims. The blame likely lies with use of smartphones and other distractions […]

Mitch PerryJanuary 31, 2018

While distracted driving from smartphone use is leading to even more car accidents and deaths, Florida remains one of only four states in the U.S. where texting-while-driving is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers can just cite a motorist if they’ve committed another moving violation. Legislation making way through the Florida Legislature this Session […]


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