Once Again, Florida Legislature Considers Texting While Driving Ban

Posted on January 7, 2013

It was in 2002 that the Florida Legislature first considered a bill that would have restricted texting while driving. Flash forward to 2013, and the state legislature is still considering whether to ban texting while driving.

There have been dozens of bills introduced that have proposed to restrict texting while driving and cellphone usage on Florida’s roads and highways — and all of them have been shot down. Florida is still one of only 13 states that have no restrictions regarding texting and driving.

It seems to be something that the public is clamoring for. According to a survey conducted by the Automobile Association of America Auto Club South, 87 percent of Florida motorists would support a law preventing emailing or texting while driving.

While it seems that an overwhelming majority of Floridians support some kind of restrictions, some in the legislature remain cautious about calling for any constraints on the practice.

After U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood visited Florida last month, the new Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) said, “Equally important as our safety are our individual rights, and in the case of texting while driving, there should be no exception.”

According to the Palm Beach Post, Sen. Nancy Detert and Rep. Doug Holder have proposed identical measures that would make texting while driving a secondary offense. Sen. Maria Sachs has proposed legislation that would make texting or using a cell phone without a hands-free device a primary offense.

Sachs claims her proposed bill will save lives. “I think we will get behind whatever turns out to be the best of all the bills. It may mean that this is the year we finally get smart,” she told the Post.

The law firm of Farah & Farah supports any measures that will make Florida’s roads and highways safer for motorists. Accidents caused by distracted drivers claim too many lives and lead to too many avoidable catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, contact us online or call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online today for a free review of your case.

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