A month-long distracted driving awareness campaign has been launched in Florida.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has launched its “Put it Down. Focus on Driving” initiative to educate drivers on current laws, and how to avoid distracted driving.

“Far too often, we see tragedies that could have been prevented if motorists had simply kept their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while driving,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.

Preliminary figures reveal that, in 2020, there were more than 48,000 distracted driving crashes in Florida. These crashes resulted in nearly 300 fatalities and more than 2,700 serious injuries.

FLHSMV is being joined by transportation and law enforcement partners across the state to help spread awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.

More information, including safe driving tips, and details on Florida’s Wireless Communications While Driving Law can be found on FLHSMV’s Distracted Driving webpage.