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Should Texting While Driving Be Banned in Florida?

Are you in favor of such a law? Do you think it goes too far, or not far enough?

Florida could soon join 39 other states that have banned texting while driving.

A bill filed last week by state Rep. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, would make texting while driving a secondary offense under which a driver can receive a citation, but only after he or she is pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding or reckless driving, TBO.com reports.

The bill doesn't prohibit all use of handheld devices while driving, as some state laws do, and cell phone calls would still be permitted.

"If you are texting while driving, you are 23 times more likely to have an accident," Holder told TBO. "I think the timing is right. I think we are going to get something passed."

Are you in favor of such a law in Florida? Do you think it goes too far, or not far enough? Should cell phone calls or other forms of distracted driving also be banned? Post a comment below.

Peggy Jamison March 05, 2013 at 08:09 PM
If someone's got a voice activated phone and blue-tooth, how is an officer going to be able to prove they aren't just singing to the radio or talking to someone else in the car. I think that's going to be hard to enforce Unless he sees a phone to the ear. But definitely, anything that requires holding a phone should be Enforced to the max! NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING!!! It kills people.
Peggy Jamison March 05, 2013 at 08:22 PM
More, because more people do it, and a lot of them are young and don't have much experience driving or avoiding accidents. Penalties should definitely be as harsh as DUI's. The people hurt and killed are just as badly damaged.
Joe VonWaldner April 02, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Texting and driving of course is not a good idea. I am a bail bondsman at 49th Street Bail Bonds in Clearwater FL and I have bailed people out of jail for traffic accidents caused by texting and driving. It's amazing that people think this is a safe way to drive and they continue to do it! So much to lose if you are texting and driving. As a bail bonds agency we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can help you or a loved one if you need to bond out of jail. Call us at 727-592-0000 or visit us online at www.49thstreetbailbonds.com
Clayton Thompson May 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
You moron legislators will need to see more deaths on our streets and highways before you enact legislation that has some teeth in detouring texting while driving. Whoa! $30 . You idiots.
Rich Runyan May 05, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Lets hope our idiot of a Governor signs it!

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