How Does Florida’s New Texting Ban Affect Teenage Drivers?
Although teens enjoy being connected to their phones, not all teens will text and drive. Those who think they can multitask—such as texting while driving—will do so, even though there is a new law in place. For those teenagers who are afraid of getting a ticket, upsetting their parents, and possibly getting into a Fort Lauderdale car crash, they will most likely obey the new law and refrain from texting.
The truth of the matter is that every driver—no matter the age—is now banned from sending text messages behind the wheel of a moving motor vehicle in Florida. However, teenagers send about five text messages for every one text an adult sends, possibly making this age group at risk for texting and driving and crashing.
By now, teenagers and every other driver in the state are probably aware of the loophole in the new Florida texting law. The recent law only makes texting while driving illegal when a driver is texting while the vehicle is in motion. Because of this, teenage drivers will probably be tempted to pick up their phones at traffic lights to read a text or compose a text. However, when they do this, they may be more likely to continue their text message even after traffic starts moving again.
Hopefully, Florida’s new texting ban will help teenagers to stop texting while driving, which in turn would reduce the amount of teenage-related traffic accidents in South Florida and statewide.
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