Text to deploy

First off I wanted to thank Mr. Schledorn and the staff of The Roar for allowing me to become part of their team.  Through the “voice of the students” I hope to be able to provide more information that is helpful to all.

As we start our last week of school before spring break, I would like to send out a reminder about texting and driving.  Florida last year put into effect a law (316.305) that prohibits the use of a wireless communication device while driving.   This refers to texting and driving which has become one of the leading causes of traffic crashes for young adults. The purpose of this law is to improve the safety for motorists, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

There are three main types of distraction:

Manual –      Removing your hands from the steering wheel.

Visual –       Taking your eyes off the road.

Cognitive – Not having your mind on driving.

Texting requires all three distractions and is by far the most alarming distraction.

Courtesy of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

An officer can issue a citation for this violation as a secondary offense if there is a primary offense while driving.   Examples of primary offenses: speeding, failing to maintain a single lane, brake light out and not wearing a seat belt.

Please put those cell phones down while driving, buckle up and have a safe spring break.