Throughout the month of April, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists to fully focus on driving and not to drive when in any way distracted.

Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, or your mind off driving. This can include texting, putting on makeup, reaching behind you, eating, tuning the radio, or checking your phone’s navigation system. Hands-free calling is strongly encouraged since it is much safer to have both hands on the steering wheel.

In 2015 there were more than 45,700 distracted driving crashes in Florida, resulting in more than 39,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving crashes accounted for 12.2% of all crashes in Florida last year, 7.4% of fatal crashes, and 15.4% of all injuries from crashes in the State.

Stay Vigilant, and Drive Defensively!