DWI: Driving While Intoxicated

Distracted driving

Florida is one of 6 states in the United States that has no law against texting while driving, but Legally Pink Law is available to assist you if you are involved in an automobile accident. While Florida currently doesn’t have a law against texting and driving, it may be only a matter of time. According to the National Safety Council, in 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. Now 23% doesn’t sound like a big number, but that is 1.3 million crashes. “5 seconds is the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you are texting and driving. If you are travelling at 55mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road,” Stop The Texts, Stop The Wrecks reported.

Some people don’t realize the split second it can take for a car accident to occur while they are looking at something on their phone. I was with one of my friends the other day and she said, “Do you ever drive someplace, get there, and realize you don’t remember passing anything?” Yes, I am guilty of that. But putting into words like that just astounded me and made me take a step back. If I can get in the car and drive to the grocery store and not remember passing anything, then I have been looking down at my phone the entire 8-minute drive to the store. Does that sound scary to anyone other than me? “77% of young adults are very confident or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving,” according to Stop The Texts, Stop The Wrecks.

Well I’ll be honest; sometimes I can’t even walk and text at the same time so I know I shouldn’t be operating a vehicle while texting. It’s easy to text and drive until you hit someone and then it’s a problem, but then it might also be too late. Please think twice when you get in the car and put your phone away, believe it or not you can actually save lives. If you are ever involved in an automobile accident in Orlando, Florida then give Legally Pink Law a call to set up a consultation.