Currently, Florida is one of the only six states in the entire country without a statewide restriction on texting while driving. The Florida Legislature failed to outlaw this problem, even though it has been the cause of thousands of auto accidents all across the state.
In the absence of a law banning texting and driving, employers across the Sunshine State have taken it upon themselves to place bans on work-related texting and driving. Notable employers like Orange County, as well as Walt Disney World, have placed bans through newly implemented policies this summer.
To curb the number of distracted driver motor vehicle collisions, employers are placing restrictions on those employees who operate a vehicle and use a company cell phone. Employers are not alone in their efforts. Reports have indicated that 87 percent of drivers support some kind of law against texting while driving any type of vehicle.
Seminole County schools are the next group of employers targeting texting while driving. A newly proposed policy would place a ban on texting and driving while operating district vehicles. As more and more emphasis is put on the dangers of texting while driving, Florida may join the ranks of the 44 states that currently have bans on such hazardous activity.
If you or a loved one has been injured during a texting and driving collision, Gordon & Doner is here to help.