Tallahassee Drivers Caught Distracted Driving

By: Amy long
By: Amy long

Phone calls, texting, reading, nail filling and eating, our cameras caught the bad habits of drivers at multiple intersections in Tallahassee.

AAA says distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in Florida with millions of motorists making everything but driving their number one priority.

Jeff Savlov, a concerned driver says "People won't pull out, they get on the phone and they won't use their turn signals."

Kinjal Butala says "I was at a traffic signal light and it turned green, and I could literally see the guy next to me Facebooking because you could see the little blue app and the white back ground and I was like wow, that is funny".

But the statistics aren't so humorous. U.S. Department of Transportation reported in 2009. 5,500 people were killed in the United States and more than half a million injured all because the driver behind a wheel had something better to do."

The U.S. Department of Transportation PSA "Faces of Distracted Driving" features loved ones lost, trying to hit home with the message - but some say it will have to hit drivers wallets to work.

"Tickets and maybe public awareness like they did with the 'click-it' campaign. That seemed to have worked. The combination of encouragement and threat seemed to have worked." says Savlov.

A number of bills that relate to distracted driving are filed for the 2011 legislative session in Florida.

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