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Driver and pedestrian rules: Distracted driving/walking

The best way for people to avoid auto-pedestrian accidents in Florida is to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Drivers should avoid engaging in distracted behaviors while driving and pedestrians need to pay attention to traffic on the road. Following some general safety tips can save lives.

Distracted driving happens all the time thanks to the many activities and environmental stimuli that drivers are surrounded with. One of the biggest issues for motorists is cellphones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as an effort to stop the problem, laws regarding distracted driving have been enacted in many states. Many laws now require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on a cellphone and prohibit texting while driving.

One of the best ways to avoid distracted driving is to not use a cellphone when behind the wheel. It is important for drivers to pay attention and keep their eyes on the road at all times. If drivers need to use their cellphone to text, they should pull over somewhere until complete attention can be giving to driving. A good tip for people to follow is to keep cellphones put away somewhere while driving so the temptation to use them isn’t even present.

Pedestrians are at a great risk for injury when drivers are distracted but distracted walking is just as bad, according to Protective Insurance Company. Pedestrians should never walk while using a cellphone or wearing headphones. They also need to know what drivers around them are doing, so they can look out for potential dangers. It is estimated that in 2012, the number of pedestrians who were using digital devices and were injured in a traffic accident, was 78,000.