Texting While Driving Ban

Studies show texting while driving can be 23 times more dangerous than keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

State Representative Doug Holder wants to ban texting and driving. He's filed legislation for the sixth year in a row.

"There are eleven teenagers that die every day in United States from texting while driving. 25% of all accidents are now attributed to texting while driving," said Holder.

The ban carries a 30 dollar fine and is a non moving violation. Police would have to stop you for some other infraction. Holder says he’s spent the last few years working out objections.

"We've really whittled it down to what we believe will pass and this is the year we believe this is the year that Florida will make texting illegal while driving," said Holder.

But there is still opposition.

When lawmakers first started talking about banning just talking on the cell phone before texting existed, many African-Americans complained they would be profiled and stopped under the legislation.

The most powerful opponent is State Senator Joe Negron; he's the Senate Budget Chair, and he says we don’t need another law to ban what he says is already illegal.

"If you're texting as you're driving down the road and weaving all over the road, you're being a careless driver. You should get a citation for careless driving," said Negron.

170,000 people were arrested for careless driving last year.

Fourteen states have banned texting while driving.


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