Cell Phone Use Continues to Cause Serious Car Accidents in Boca Raton

Drivers distracted by hand-held devices continues to be a serious threat to safe driving throughout South Florida, including Boca Raton. The center of concern for law enforcement officials is that motorists are trying to do too many things other than what they are supposed to be doing: concentrating on driving safely.

“When people are not focused on the roadway, their response time is delayed by whatever is distracting them,” said Travis Mandell, Fort Lauderdale police spokesman, according to a recent story in the the Sun Sentinel.

Distracted driving was a contributor in most of the fatal car accidents in Broward County in 2010, according to the newspaper. The fact that Florida is one of the only states left that has absolutely no laws banning the dangerous act may be the top reason as to why we have so many of these accidents on our roadways. The only way an officer can bust you for engaging in a distracting behavior while driving is to write you a careless-driving ticket.

Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys understand that distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in our area, among speeding, driving under the influence and failing to yield the right of way. All of the accidents that result from these dangerous behaviors can be avoided. All we ask if that drivers focus on the task at hand — driving.

Distracted-driving car accidents are plaguing roadways across the U.S. To help combat these incidents, the National Safety Council recently launched a new safe-driving campaign to raise awareness in drivers. The campaign consists of a few short videos titled “Understanding Distracted Driving” and discusses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the dangers, risks and consequences of driving with distractions. Featured in the video is NSC Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives David Teater. He is a long-time anti-distraction advocate. Unfortunately, he lost his 12-year-old son to an accident that was caused by a distracted driver back in 2004.

Since the fatal accident, Teater has been speaking around the county in an attempt to rally for anti-cell phone laws in states that have yet to enact the policy. He has recently spoken to the U.S. Congress and a number of state legislatures to push the ban.

The videos include answers to popular questions, including:

-Why are cell phones so dangerous to use while driving?

-How can a cell phone affect my driving skills and my ability to focus?

-What are the benefits of a cell-phone policy in the workplace?

-How can I create and enforce a cell-phone policy at my company?

“The resources NSC has developed explain why this behavior is so dangerous and provide solutions on how to go about changing behaviors to make our roadways safer,” Teater said.

The National Safety Council was the first organization to push for a complete ban by all states on the use of cell phones by drivers back in 2009. Since the beginning, the council has been working alongside business leaders, effected officials and the public to combat the problem. The use of a cell phone by drivers kills roughly 1,000 people every year.