In Florida, car accidents involving pedestrians jumps almost 25% during the Halloween week. Since there are more cars and pedestrians on the road in the evening, there is more potential for dangerous situations. The spike is not limited to Halloween. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas also see a jump in accidents involving pedestrians.
Forty states had texting while driving laws before Florida's statute became effective at the beginning of this month. Many Pensacola residents may believe the law is too weak to have a large effect on state driving habits. The regulation does not ban manual texting when drivers are stopped in traffic.