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The Florida Department of Transportation and AAA are partnering to reduce distracted driving on Florida's roadways by educating the public about the new law banning texting while driving.
The "Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law" went into effect Oct. 1, addressing critical issues related to distracted driving. The provisions of the law state that a person may not operate a motor vehicle in motion while manually typing into a wireless communications device, known as texting, emailing and instant messaging (non-voice).
To help educate motorists, events are planned and information is being shared across the state during October.
This includes participation at high school assemblies, radio public service announcements, collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, and a variety of print messaging and electronic notices along Florida highways and turnpikes.
Organizations interested in helping promote the new law can visit their local AAA office for information.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving, at 55 mph, the length of an entire football field, blind. With more than 6 billion text messages sent each day in the United States, it is important to remind drivers to "Put It Down."
Put the cell phone away or silence it while driving so you are not tempted to respond while in motion.
Download an app that disables the device while in motion.
Designate a non-driving texter to respond for you.
For more information, visit www.aaa.com.