Seven Florida counties have seen a spike in traffic fatalities this year. As a result, Gov. Rick Scott wants highway safety leaders to study whether texting while driving is to blame.
Traffic fatalities are up four percent across the state. In Hillsborough County, there have been 137 traffic deaths this year, compared with 115 in 2011. In Duval County, there have been 98 fatal crashes, compared with 69 last year.
Currently, data on distracted driving is limited, because Florida has no law against texting while driving. As a result, police don’t normally track that behavior in routine crashes.
However, traffic homicide investigators are now beginning to check drivers’ cellphone records in fatal crashes to see whether texting was a factor. The Florida Highway Patrol has also started to keep better records by documenting whether texting was a factor in crash reports.
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