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Miami Put it Down Campaign to Reduce Distracted Driving

February 24, 2021
Colson Hicks Eidson

Technology increases our ability to protect our privacy, speed up production, entertain, and drive our cars. Technology requires innovation and creativity. It also takes time. Just because the technology is out there doesn’t mean it will be accessible to everyone, unlike Cell phones, which are now an extension of our arms. We can’t go anywhere without them without feeling like we are missing something. Our Personal Injury Attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson in Miami is comprised of a nationally recognized team of attorneys who are familiar with the tragedy caused by distracted driving. It is an increasing area of law because more and more people are affected by distracted driving.

Distracted Driving Mostly Caused by Cell Phone Usage

Today our cell phones serve two functions: communication and entertainment. People post videos, comments, and the like to keep their online presence updated with their real-life.  It is not uncommon to drive around and see phones in people’s hands or somewhere not where they should be. It is safe to assume that people who are distracted by their phones are causing accidents, but it is not just drivers hitting other vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recent data shows that 2,841lives were lost to distracted driving. Of those 2,841 lives

  • 1730 were drivers
  • 605 were passengers
  • 400 were pedestrians
  • 77 were bicyclists

Distracted driving doesn’t just cause damage to other drivers. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also at the mercy of distracted drivers. Typical injuries range from minor to fatal. No one wants to hear their loved one isn’t coming home because a distracted driver needed to add another video to their Instagram or wanted to participate in a Tik Tok challenge. Our Miami distracted driving accident attorneys are here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve to get through your tragic situation.

Miami Enforces Put It Down Campaign

Miami is doing its best to combat the increasing damage caused by distracted driving by creating the Put It Down Campaign. The campaign makes rules regulating Texting while driving. In 2019, the regulations designed against Texting and driving had a grace period. Now, the grace period is over, and the police are in full force to ensure our drivers drive without distraction.

The citation is $30 for the first offense and $60 for the second offense if given within five years of the first offense. If you were to cause an accident due to texting while driving, it is 6 points on your license. Which, depending on other citations, could lead to a suspension in driving.

Despite these efforts, drivers are still choosing to use their phones, causing accidents resulting in tragic endings for innocent, law-abiding drivers and passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Colson Hicks and Eidson are here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.