I think we can all agree that cell phones increase the risk of getting into a car accident. Accordingly, schools say that parents on cellphones pose a hazard. Parents are distracted and driving off before students are completely out of the car.
As reported by the Sun Sentinel,”We’re seen an increase in incidents in the parent driveways because parents are busy on the cellphone,” said Jerry Graziose, Broward County School District’s safety director and chief fire official. “We’ve had them hit their own children. We never had accidents in the parent driveways until recently.”
Over the past few years, the district has been posting signs at schools where parents drop off and pick up their children, warning them not to talk on their phones.
Recently, officials have begun adding others signs warning people not to text while driving.
While at least 32 states have some form of law that restricts cellphone use, including texting, while driving, Florida has repeatedly failed to adopt such legislation. I wonder why????$$$$
Texas, Illinois and Arkansas specifically ban driving and using cellphones in school zones. Florida does not. $$$$$$$$
It has become enough of an issue that the Palm Beach County Safe Routes to Schools Coalition, which focuses on making sure students can walk and bike to school safely, plans to address it, said Angela Usher, a school district planner and coalition member.
Graziose is hoping the state bans cellphone use in school zones and uses the revenue from fines to pay for crossing guards.
Only the force of law, he believes, will make some parents finally hang up their phones.
Distracted driving is the top danger of car accidents in Florida. In fact, about eight out of 10 crashes involve some sort of driver inattention within three seconds of that crash.
This afternoon, I deposed a driver that had crashed into the back of my client’s car. My client had stopped on a yellow light at a crosswalk. The defendant driver was going thru a school zone, and said he looked down for a matter of seconds. When he looked up again it was too late, and he crashed into the rear of the car. My client suffered a torn rotator cuff. Thankfully, no children were injured.
As a Miami Personal Injury attorney, I all too frequently represent injured people who are involved in accidents like the one described above.