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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