Governor Rick Scott is buckling down on drivers who choose to text and drive. He signed the bill today that will prohibit drivers from typing into a phone behind the wheel of a car. Senate Bill 52 has been the center of controversy in Florida for the past few months. Privacy right activists are insisting the bill infringes on individual rights. Now that Governor Scott has put ink to paper, local drivers are saying that's only part of the problem.
Texting and driving, a guilty confession for many. Mike Anderson says, "You don't even realize that you were distracted that whole time. Someone could have just walked in front of your car and you could have mowed him over and would've never known it."
But now that Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill prohibiting the act, will that stop drivers from doing it?
Mike says, "I don't know, no one follows the laws anyway if they choose not to. People usually do what they're generally used to doing. It might instill fear which means people will probably hide doing it more."
Jason says, "Sure I'll be more sly about it. I mean I'm not worried about myself getting in a wreck anyway. I use the appropriate moments."
It's a bill already approved in 39 states including the District of Columbia and Guam, but some still question its necessity.
Representative Jimmy Patronis says, "Really felt like it was an overreach in government. I think a lot of this can be done through awareness campaigns, education campaigns. There are a lot of opportunities to deal with this issue outside of creating a new law."
And is enforcing the bill even going to be feasible? Representative Patronis believes it may be a little difficult. "Trying to know the difference between someone texting while driving, getting a french fry out of the bag or changing the music on their car stereo equipment or putting make up on is going to be a challenge."
Jason agrees. "I think it's legitimate, the reasoning, but I don't think it'll actually really curve behavior."
Law enforcement will have to figure that out by October. That's when the bill goes into effect.