The Pendleton Panther

Are Pedestrians Really Safe in Florida?

Posted on: November 11, 2009

texting while driving

Don't drive and text

 A new study found that the Bradenton and Sarasota area is among the state’s most dangerous places for people to walk. Florida is currently ranked the most dangerous place for pedestrians in the nation. Studies suggest there are three main reasons for this. One, there are high amount of tourists in the state who are unfamiliar with the roads. Two, the poor street lighting, as a majority of these accidents happen at night. Three, a great percentage of the population are elderly. In my opinion they have completely avoided the most important cause of danger, which is the use of mobile phones while driving. In practically every other country and even in most US states the use of mobile phones while driving is illegal. In Utah, if you were to crash while texting, the punishment could be extremely severe—up to 15 years in prison. It’s a harsh law but we can’t deny that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous.

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