Students Warn Against Distracted Driving

Apr 17, 2018

The Tallahassee Police Department and StarMetro at the Safe. Not Sorry. traffic safety fair.
Credit Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU - Florida Public Radio

Students at Tallahassee Community College are speaking out against distracted driving. Students held a campus-wide traffic safety event Tuesday.

“Safe. Not sorry.” That’s the message TCC students in Professor Reggie Grant’s mass media class are spreading as part of a traffic safety fair.

The event featured exhibits like drunk goggles, bicycle helmet fittings and a distracted driving simulator. A number of organizations participated including the Tallahassee Police Department and Students Against Destructive Decisions. 

“This whole event was orchestrated around the concept of distracted driving, and not only the commonality of it, but pretty much just making students aware that it’s a problem and causes many casualties a year," says co-event coordinator and TCC student Joe Cano. "It’s all about getting people informed.”

Cano says students need to understand distracted driving comes with serious repercussions. He wants the Florida Legislature to act on this issue.

An effort to ban texting while driving last session was sidelined following the Parkland shooting.

In Florida, texting while driving is a secondary offense – meaning a person can be ticketed for it only if they’re pulled over for something else.