In this technological world, we often try to keep in touch with family, friends, and business contacts in real-time while we are on the go. The need to respond immediately to texts and phone calls in the car has led to an increase in car accidents<add link to car accident page> throughout the country.
Cell phone distractions cause drivers to take their eyes off the road, sometimes leading to devastating results. While the laws have been slowly changing in Florida regarding cell phone use while driving, they have not gone as far as this new bill is aiming for.
What are the current laws regarding cell phone use in a vehicle?
There have been some changes to hands-free laws in 2019. First, texting while driving was changed to a primary offense as of July 1. This means that you can be pulled over if you are seen texting and driving now, while previously you had to be committing another offense such as speeding before they could pull you over.
Another piece of the law that has gone into effect is the prohibition of using hand-held devices in school zones, school crossings, and work zones. Right now officers are only giving warnings when they catch people doing these activities. However, as of January 1, 2020, they will start handing out tickets.
What does this bill change if passed?
This new law would require motorists to go completely hands-free. This means you could not hold your phone while talking on it or while looking for navigational instructions. Being caught with your cell phone or other hand-held device or touching your hand-held device while driving would result in a fine, no matter what the reason for having it hand or touching it is. The hope is that these new laws will reduce accidents and deaths caused by accidents since fewer distracted drivers will be on the road.
When does the 2020 legislative session begin?
The Florida legislature begins its 2020 session on January 14. This is when this new bill will be considered.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Navigate the New Laws Aimed at Preventing Auto Accidents
With all of these changes, you may be confused and need help navigating the new laws. At SHAMY, EL FADEL & MAHONE, our personal injury lawyers<add link to their attorneys page> are here to help you! Call us today at 561-939-8042 today for the help you need to understand the new hands-free bills or help if you have receive a citation under the new laws or are hurt in an auto accident near Boca Raton as the result of cell phone usage.