Ban on Texting and Driving in Florida Could be Passed in 2010

(AP) -- The Florida Legislature is expected to consider several bills during its upcoming session that would ban drivers from using their cell phones or texting while driving.

More than a dozen bills are pending in the Florida House and Senate. Some call for a ban on texting, others, a ban on cell phone use entirely.

Several legislators say that despite similar bills' lack of passage in previous years, the issue of texting while driving is too big to ignore in 2010. The National Safety Council released a report in January that claimed 28 percent of all traffic crashes -- that's about 1.6 million crashes a year -- are caused by drivers using cell phones or texting.

The Legislature's annual two-month session is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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  • by beach guy on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    I hope they pass one that bans texting and talking on the phone while driving. But I wonder how are the police going to enforce it, seems almost impossible to me.
  • by HAL Location: Panama City on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    WHAT? Why ban it, it will not affect anyones behavior. Look at the statistics from other states that have hands-free laws for talking on cell phones. They still TAX (read issue tickets to) hundreds of people every year! I suspect it is only being considered because of the income potential for the state! Why can't people just use their brains and think a bit before they decided to text or call someone? I always analyze the traffic surrounding me and wait for a safe time to make a call.
  • by Lee Location: Orlando, FL on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Florida needs to step it up. New York's ban on texting while driving went into effect Oct. 31, 2009. But personally, I don't think it's enough. I feel there should be a complete ban on cell phone usage by the driver while the vehicle is in motion. Heck, the entire US should follow Japan's example-- over there, it's a primary offense.. You WILL get pulled over for using a cell phone while driving. I *almost* learned the hard way.
  • by willillbe Location: here&there on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    VIVA landlines, this is the best news i've heard. Do away with cell phones
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