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Updated: 04/11/2013 08:00:40AM

Distracted driving: Not just texting and driving

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about texting while driving and the need to limit this activity. This year our Legislature is going to take up this issue again. It is no secret that texting and driving is very dangerous and has resulted in many needless deaths on our highways.

Already, though, there is a law that makes it illegal to do anything that is deemed to be unsafe while operating a vehicle — Careless Driving (316.1925).

This statute states, “Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.”

This is an infraction punishable by law as a moving violation.

The point is ... don’t wait for something so specific as a law. You already have a legal obligation to drive carefully using all due regard during inclement conditions such as rain or fog, or while talking on a cellphone. We call those distractions and it can get you in trouble if you are not careful.

Please take the extra time to be careful when driving … it could mean your life.


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