Most people in St. Augustine are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, the problem continues to persist, causing many injuries and fatalities each year. The following statistics demonstrate that as of 2016, too many people have been injured or killed in drunk driving accidents and drugged driving accidents.
Statistics show that distracted driving is a serious issue nationwide. And, haven't we all seen it before? People in Florida try to do a lot of things while behind the wheel of a car. They may be eating a hamburger, combing their hair, tuning the radio or talking to passengers. And, these days they may try to talk on their cell phone or text someone.
When a person hears the familiar "ding" telling them that they got a text, it can be tempting to check what it is right away. However, one time a person should definitely not read that text and reply to it is when they're behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, texting and driving in Florida is a major problem that many would say is not being properly addressed under current law.
When a person in Florida thinks of someone driving under the influence, they may automatically assume that the driver was drunk. While most people in St. Augustine are very aware of the dangers of drunk driving, they may not be aware that drugged driving is also dangerous and the cause of many unnecessary car accidents.
Many people in Florida pride themselves on their ability to multi-task, and this pride extends into their driving habits. They may think there is no problem with using a cell phone, eating, grooming or playing with the radio while driving. However, all these behaviors can be distracting, causing a driver to take their focus off the road. When drivers engage in such risky activities, it could lead to an accident.
It may seem like alcohol is more prevalent than ever these days. Not only are people in Florida and across the nation drinking alcohol at home, at restaurants and at bars, but advertisements for alcohol make drinking seem like a fun and light-hearted activity. This, unfortunately, means that some people are taking things too far and driving under the influence of alcohol.
A jury has found a Ponte Vedra woman guilty of DUI manslaughter, reckless driving with damage to property and DUI with damage to person and/or property.
While the dangers of texting and driving have become public knowledge, that doesn't stop people from picking up the phone and responding to that text, even if they're behind the wheel of a car. This behavior is disturbingly commonplace, especially in Florida, where the current laws against texting and driving do not have much clout. However, Representative Richard Corcoran, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, is looking to change that.
The holiday season is here, and, in Florida, this means people are celebrating it in a variety of ways. It could be the office work party, family celebrations, and get-togethers with friends starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on New Year's Eve. It's a time of year to celebrate the good times and appreciate the loved ones in our lives, and, with this celebrating, often comes a drink or two. It could be eggnog, a seasonal brew or a fancy champagne. Whatever a person's drink of choice is, though, when one or two becomes four or more, it doesn't take much for a person to become intoxicated.
A fatal car accident can occur in many ways. While most in Florida may understand that drunk driving or breaking traffic laws can lead to a fatal accident, they may underestimate the problem of distracted driving, particularly when it comes to cell phone use.