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Texting Ban – What About Peds?

The recent ban on texting and driving brings hope that fewer fatalities and accidents will occur due to distracted drivers. Starting October 1, a new law made texting while driving a secondary offense in Florida, meaning drivers will be ticketed if they are pulled over for other infractions.

While the dangers of using cell phones while driving are still very prevalent, the risks associated with distracted walking can be just as serious. Nationwide, texting while walking has accounted for more pedestrian deaths than vehicular accidents. Texters are more likely to disobey traffic signals, cross mid-intersection or walk without looking both ways. In order to keep roadways safe as a ped, be cautious when crossing the street and stay informed on pedestrian safety.

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