Tallahassee, Fla. — Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) regional manager of state government relations Logan McFaddin today issued the following statement regarding the House Government Accountability Committee workshop on distracted driving.
“Distracted driving on increasingly congested roads is a significant factor in the increase in auto accidents and the rise in insurance costs. According to a recent study by EverDrive, Florida ranks second in the nation for drivers being distracted while behind the wheel.
“PCI is advocating for legislation in 2017 to strengthen distracted driving laws, including banning texting while driving for Florida drivers. We also are working to expand public education and awareness on the issue. We need to create a social stigma about distracted driving, similar to what we accomplished over the last generation with driving under the influence of alcohol.
“According to the National Safety Council, Florida has seen an alarming 43 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities since 2014, and distracted driving is thought to be a leading factor.
“PCI appreciates members of the House Government Accountability Committee for taking interest in the issue, and encourages Florida drivers to minimize distraction by putting down their smartphones and focusing on the road. PCI supports safe driving laws and encourages legislation that reduces auto accidents and keeps Floridians safe on our roadways.”