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31 Mar 2014

Distracted Driving Gets FMPD’s Full Attention

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The Fort Myers Police Department will step up patrols and operations in the month of April for the national push to bring awareness to distracted driving. Sending or receiving text messages takes a driver’s eyes from the roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. Further research states a vehicle traveling 55 mph could travel the length of an entire football field in that time.

A Florida law that went into effect on October 1, 2013 prohibits operating an in-motion motor vehicle while manually typing e-mails, text messages, or instant messages into a wireless communication device. Law enforcement can now issue citations for this risky behavior.

“We have seen some pretty disturbing cases investigated by our agency in recent months to go along with the national epidemic”, said police spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico. “This growing problem will get our full attention.” 

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Office: (239) 321-7700
Emergency: 911

Address: 2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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