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Another Texting Ban Proposal Under Consideration in Florida

Posted on September 16, 2011

A Florida lawmaker is pushing for a texting ban in the state. Florida is one of the few states that has no restrictions on cell phone use while behind the wheel. Florida State Representative Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton says it is finally time for some restrictions on cell phone use while driving. He points to a deadly crash last weekend that took the life of a 35-year-old man who was thought to be texting while driving. His Infiniti SUV was crushed and he was killed Saturday, September 10, on Interstate 95.

WPTV reports that careless driving and a failure to yield was a leading cause of crashes in Palm Beach County, which includes texting. If Slosberg gets his way, the first offense fine could be about $150.

Dori Slosberg Foundation
While this article doesn’t mention it, Irv Slosberg’s daughter, Dori, was killed in 1996 when she was in an auto accident and not buckled in. She was 15-years-old at the time. Since then, his nonprofit, Dori Slosberg Foundation, has dedicated itself to safe teen driving and a zero tolerance for DUI.

Every year a well-meaning state legislator tries to break the stronghold that the communications industry has in influencing our lawmakers, and every year those bills die in committee. One year we will finally enact some restrictions on cell phone use while driving. It just makes sense.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Florida and you feel the other driver may have been using his or her cell phone at the time and driving distracted, a Jacksonville cell phone car accident attorney at Farah & Farah will be there to help you through this difficult time.

Sources: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/deadly-crash-is-one-more-reason-lawmaker-wants-a-ban-on-texting-behind-the-wheel; http://dorislosberg.org/mission.php