While a number of states have penalties associated with distracted driving, Florida does not yet have any. There has been some concern that there is not enough political will to change the laws. One local news agency recently accepted a challenge from lawmakers who wanted to see more objective evidence that distracted driving laws actually improve traffic safety.
The numbers themselves are fairly convincing. In one study, the American Journal of Public Health reported that rates of hospitalization declined by 7 percent in states with texting and driving bans versus states without a texting and driving ban. In addition, states that enforced the texting while driving ban as a primary offense benefited, according to a study reviewing the years 2003 to 2010.