Drunk and Distracted Driving in Florida

Driving is something most of us do every day, which means that we usually take it for granted. However, piloting several tons of steel, glass, and various other parts can sometimes be deadly, particularly when the driver is impaired or distracted.

Living in Florida means you get access to some of the best beaches, nightclubs, and attractions in the U.S. However, it also means that there may be more chances to drive drunk or distracted. Today we want to discuss the dangers of these actions, and what you can do to protect yourself and others for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Week 2019.

Comparing Drunk and Distracted Driving

Fortunately, there is some good news – drunk driving incidents and fatalities are down. However, that doesn’t mean you can breathe easy. Let’s take a look at how drunk and distracted driving can impact the lives of Floridians.

The latest data that was released in 2017 states that there were 5,125 crashes involving alcohol. Of those collisions, 350 people died. When compared to 2016, the numbers were 5,223 and 417, respectively. That’s a 16.% decrease in drunk driving and fatalities. This downward trend has continued for prior years, as 2015’s numbers were 5,522 alcohol-related crashes and 460 deaths.

When it comes to distracted driving, however, the numbers are more severe. Over 50,000 incidents were caused by distracted drivers, which, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Administration, includes the use of an electronic device (phone or GPS), texting, or inattentiveness.

Fortunately, most of those collisions were non-fatal, but in 2017, 234 people were killed as a result of distracted driving.

The Impact of Drunk and Distracted Driving

As you can see, fewer Floridians are driving under the influence, but more and more of them are driving while distracted, which is more likely to result in a crash. When you look at the consequences of these incidents, it paints a troubling picture.

Hopefully, any collision you may be involved in, either as a driver or passenger, will not result in anyone’s death. However, you can be sued for distracted or drunk driving, as long as the plaintiff (the victim) can prove that you were negligent and at fault. Also, these claims can occur for parked cars, as well as other property (such as mailboxes or fences).

Also, you will likely be facing higher premiums for your car insurance. Overall, getting into a collision, even a relatively minor one, could set you back thousands of dollars if you were drunk or distracted behind the wheel.

What You Can Do About It

Obviously, the best way to avoid getting into this kind of trouble is not to drink and drive and to avoid distractions like texting. However, since driving is a necessary part of modern life, most of us will find ourselves in less-than-ideal situations. Here are a couple of tips to avoid disaster:

  • Use a Rideshare Service – One reason for the decline in drunk driving deaths is likely due to the prevalence of ride-sharing services like Uber. Even if you drove to the party or club, get a ride home and come back the next day. It’s not worth getting into an accident and there could be other drunk drivers on the road during later hours.
  • Upgrade Your Dash System – Using your phone while driving is a hazard, as long as you have to hold it in your hand. If your car doesn’t have built-in navigation or Bluetooth, upgrading to a new system can save you a ton of money in the long run. With better technology in your vehicle, you can be hands-free at all times while still getting to use your devices.

Contact Highway HiFi

Installing a new dashboard system is easy when you talk to the professionals. Highway HiFi is one of the best car audio installers in Melbourne, Florida. You can get GPS navigation, car iPod integration, car alarm installation, and other technology to keep you (and everyone else) safe on the road. Check us out online or contact us at our Melbourne store and see how we can upgrade your ride today.

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