Florida Highway Safety Campaign to Urge Drivers to Hang Up

July 24, 2009

Just hang up.

That’s the message of a new Florida public education campaign aimed at stopping people from talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin its “Stay Alive, Just Drive” campaign next week. Florida law doesn’t prohibit drivers from texting or talking on the phone while driving; it simply states that drivers must keep their cars under control at all times.

According to a 2003 National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration report, researchers estimate that 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents in the United States in 2002 could be blamed on drivers using cell phones.

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