Dash cam catches texting while driving crash
Fort Myers man crashes into bus sign.
With a police car following, a 23-year-old Fort Myers man drove onto a sidewalk, crashing into a bus sign and a tree before flipping over.
The crash, which happened on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Jan. 4, was captured by the dashboard camera of a Fort Myers police officer. A crash report says Michael James Woody Jr. admitted his eyes were not on the road because he was texting.
Woody, who was able to crawl out of the car to safety, was cited for careless driving and texting while driving. Police released the crash video Monday, calling it “a friendly reminder on the severity of texting while driving.”
A Florida law that went into effect in October allows officers to ticket drivers for texting if they’re pulled over for other infractions, such as speeding or not wearing a seat belt. Officers can cite drivers for most types of written wireless communication, including emailing, texting and other types of messaging.
“Texting and driving is a serious epidemic,” said Lt. Victor Medico, a spokesman for the Fort Myers Police Department. “We hope the in-car video in this incident is a wake-up call to those that text and drive.”