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Put An End To Distracted Driving In Bradenton, Florida

Distracted driving accidents led to 333 fatalities in the year 2021 alone in Florida, along with more than 50,000 accidents. 90% of Florida teens on the road admit to using their smartphone while driving, pairing one the most accident prone demographics on the road with one of the most dangerous actions one can take while behind the wheel. What can be done about distracted driving in Bradenton and Florida as a whole?

Putting Down The Distractions To Make Bradenton Roads Safer

2021 was the deadliest year on record when it comes to distracted driving in Florida, prompting the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to launch a state-wide distracted driving campaign titled “Put it Down”. The Put it Down campaign focuses on distracted driving awareness, how to avoid becoming a distracted driver, and the devastating distracted driving causes throughout the state.

Many adults partake in distracted driving without even realizing it, and may be able to proactively change their habits to protect safety on Bradenton roads. A few tips that Bradenton drivers can use to avoid being distracted drivers on the road include:

• Use your passengers if you have them – If driving with passengers, they can be used to help to avoid distracted driving. When a driver receives a text message or a call, the passenger can attend to that need if the matter is urgent, saving the driver from being distracted physically by the device or cognitively by wondering what the text or call may have been about. Passengers can also change the radio, program the GPS, or grab belongings from a bag if necessary.

• Refuel your vehicle and yourself – Eating behind the wheel is one type of distracted driving that many partake in without even realizing they’re creating a hazard. When you stop to refuel your vehicle, take a few moments to refuel yourself before getting back on the road. If a driver is not planning to make any pit stops, having a small snack before getting in the car can go a long way.

• Make your devices unreachable – Making a call, writing a text, or otherwise interacting with a smartphone can be tempting. Afterall, we’ve become increasingly connected to our devices all throughout the day. In order to avoid temptation, placing devices in unreachable spaces can help. If the vehicle has no unreachable spaces, free apps may be downloaded to prevent or disallow the use of the phone while driving.

• Set up before leaving – Before ever putting the vehicle in drive, programming the GPS, setting the music, putting away and securing belongings, and making any necessary calls takes away many of the activities that may cause you to take attention from the road.

Between the years 2014 and 2021, distracted driving fatalities rose by 33% in the state of Florida. In 2022, Florida Statue 316.305 banned texting and driving in a new Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law to aid in curbing these devastating accidents in Bradenton and all over the state. While laws in place may stop some, there will still be drivers that believe they are the exception to the rule, placing themselves and other drivers at risk.

Distracted driving leads to thousands of accidents in Florida, many deadly. If you or a loved one has been involved in a distracted driving auto accident, representation can help to ease the stress of recovering necessary damages. To learn more about distracted driving in Florida, and the dangers it poses to Bradenton motorists, contact us at

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Put An End To Distracted Driving In Bradenton, Florida

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