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Hands Free Doesn’t Mean Danger Free

By on August 19, 2016

It’s obvious that texting, or even looking at your cell phone, while driving is dangerous; but many people mistakenly believe that using a hands free device like a Bluetooth isn’t dangerous. This simply isn’t true. A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that you can still be mentally distracted while driving, even with your eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel. The study used cutting edge technology to measure brain activity and cognitive ability while using hands free devices when driving. The study found that using voice activated texting or talking on a hands free phone placed a “high cognitive burden” on a driver and reduced “available mental resources” that should’ve been dedicated to operating the vehicle. These mentally distracted drivers had slower reaction times, missed valuable visual clues, and had a sort of “tunnel vision.”
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The “Textalyzer” May Be On The Way

By on May 23, 2016

There may soon be a new weapon to combat the epidemic of distracted driving. And yes, it is an epidemic. Though illegal in most states, many drivers are still using their phones and texting while behind the wheel. This negligent behavior has become one of the leading causes of accidents. But, beware texters, police may soon be using a device like a breathalyzer to see if you were texting and driving when you got into an accident. An Israeli company has now introduced a Textalyzer, a hand held, roadside, cell phone, data extraction device. Read the rest »

Proposed Bill Would Strengthen Texting While Driving Ban In Florida

By on November 13, 2013

It took years, but Florida finally got a law on the books that banned texting while driving. However, some critics claimed the law that took effect on October 1 first didn’t go far enough.

The bill that passed made texting while driving a secondary offense. Currently law enforcement can only ticket texting offenders if they have been stopped for some other reason — say, reckless driving.

Many in the law enforcement community made it no secret that they thought the new law might be unenforceable. So far, the number of citations written for offenders has not exactly been spectacular. For instance, a Gainesville Police Department spokesman told WUFT that only 10 citations had been handed out in Alachua County in October. And a majority of those had been handed out to college students.

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Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect in Florida Today

By on October 1, 2013

According to a report by WLRN, a new law has taken effect in Florida on October 1 that bans texting while driving. The original bill, SB 52, was pushed by Senator Nancy Detert for many years. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill in North Miami, deeming it law.

Florida has become one of many states in the U.S. that have implemented a ban on texting while driving. The Sunshine State, however, will regard a violation of the law as a secondary offense, meaning motorists cannot be ticketed for texting while driving unless they have been stopped for another alleged traffic violation. Those determined to have broken the law will be met with a $30 fine.

Some advocates against distracted driving are disappointed by the new law. A Spring Hill man whose daughter was killed in a texting while driving incident believes the penalties aren’t strong enough to deter the dangerous behavior. Read the rest »

Investigation Concludes That Distracted FHP Trooper Caused Fatal Crash

By on June 19, 2013

A 68-page report released by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) indicates that a FHP trooper is to blame for a February crash that seriously injured a woman and claimed the life of her unborn child. The report claims that the trooper had been using his in-car laptop just minutes before he rear-ended the vehicle the woman was a passenger in.

The report indicated that there would be no criminal charges pressed against the trooper, although he has been cited for careless driving. Personal injury attorney Chuck Farah has learned that while there are FHP restrictions concerning the use of cell phones by troopers while traveling in their vehicles, there is little in the way of constraints regarding the use of onboard computers. Read the rest »

FocusDriven Launch Campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By on April 3, 2013

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. FocusDriven, a non-profit advocacy agency dedicated to stop distracted driving crashes involving mobile devices, is working with Team One, a marketing and communications agency, to inform the public about the dangers of distracted driving.

The campaign consists of visuals of candlelit memorials shaped in the form of popular text phrases and emoticons such as “LOL” and “OMG.” The national campaign will use Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of social media to get the message across and invite the public to make visuals of their own anti-texting memorials to share with FocusDriven. Read the rest »

Florida Employers Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands to Ban Texting and Driving

By on September 6, 2012

While Florida is still one of the few states in the union that has no law on the books banning texting and driving, that hasn’t stopped a growing number of the state’s businesses and local governments from taking the matter into their own hands and forbidding the practice among their employees.

According to the Sun Sentinel, employers such as Walt Disney World and Orange County have already banned employees from texting and driving while they are on the job. The Seminole County School District is considering a similar ban that would put a stop to the practice when employees travel between facilities — even if they are driving their own vehicles. School officials in Lake County are talking about a ban for all workers driving district vehicles. Read the rest »

Attorney Eddie Farah Thinks the Kids Are Alright: Two Boca Raton Teens Spread Distracted Driving Awareness

By Eddie Farah on April 26, 2012

While the Florida Legislature can’t seem to make up its mind about the dangers of texting and driving, two juniors from Spanish River High School in Boca Raton have decided to step up and become the adults in the room.

“National Day of Awareness to Not Text and Drive” started as a school leadership project organized by two Boca Raton teens to emphasize the dangers of texting and driving to their peers on the high school grounds. What started as a high school assignment has expanded to become a grass roots movement and a full-blown music festival on the Florida Atlantic University campus. Read the rest »

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Know the Risks

By Eddie Farah on April 3, 2012

Florida Distracted Driving AwarenessEach April, Focus Driven, along with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other partners, increases its efforts to make Americans aware of the dangers of distracted driving. The aim of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to try to save lives and prevent injuries by changing the roadway safety culture in the United States.

Although the current emphasis is on cell phone use and texting while driving, the NHTSA points out that these aren’t the only distracted driving culprits. Any activity that distracts a motorist while driving — changing a radio station, talking to a passenger, eating — is considered distracted driving and is potentially dangerous to both drivers and passengers. Read the rest »

Eddie Farah Discusses New Technology Intended to Prevent Distracted Driving and Accidents

By Eddie Farah on March 2, 2012

As a Florida personal injury attorney, Eddie Farah thoroughly understands the dangers of distracted driving and how serious the consequences can be for not only the distracted driver, but also innocent motorists on the road as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an alarming 16 percent of fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury crashes involved distracted driving in 2009. In addition, close to 500,000 were injured in distracted driving-related accidents the same year, with more than 5,000 fatalities.

To combat the growing problem of distracted driving, some feel technology can be an excellent way to prevent drivers from engaging in this risky behavior. With this in mind, the Discovery Channel has assembled a list of the top five distracted driving prevention technologies. However, it’s important to note that even with these technologies, distracted driving is not erased since a person who may utilize these technologies still may not be giving their full attention to the road while driving. Read the rest »

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