MiamiHerald / Florida lawmakers adjourned without taking action – for the second session in a row – on two issues that threaten Florida communities: distracted driving and assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse.
Vehicle crashes and fatalities are rising sharply nationwide and in Florida. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates more than 40,000 people across the country died in motor vehicle crashes for a second consecutive year in 2017.
In Florida, motor vehicle fatalities have increased at an alarming 43 percent since 2014, according to the NSC.
Distracted driving, especially because of the ubiquitous use of smartphones, is one of the leading causes for the rise in auto crashes in Florida and nationwide. Unfortunately, Florida is one of only four states that hasn’t yet made texting while driving a primary-enforcement law. Law enforcement officers cannot pull over drivers who are using their devices while driving.