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    Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014

Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014

Technology trumps policy again. With the rapid escalation of people using cell phones, the law has failed to keep up with the fast pace of technology. It took several years for the Florida legislature to pass the first law against texting while driving. This past session, I filed a bill to move texting while driving from a secondary to a primary offense. Recent data shows about 1,800 citations for texting while driving will be given out in a year. In comparison, over 21,000 citations were given for illegal backing. We need to make this law enforceable. It will save lives.

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    Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

Regarding the Politifact article on Texting While Driving, I’m happy that the media is focusing on this important issue. While studies may differ slightly due to the ways accident statistics are recorded, as Politifact pointed out, “there’s little doubt that texting is a danger in automobile safety”. I am fighting to prevent these senseless deaths and make our roads safer for drivers of all ages. Other Resources on Texting While Driving: http://www.distraction.gov/ “Get the Facts” http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/index.html Analysis from Car and Driver Magazine http://www.caranddriver.com/features/texting-while-driving-how-dangerous-is-it

By |October 30th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Texting While Driving – Press Announcement Texting While Driving – Press Announcement

    Texting While Driving – Press Announcement

Texting While Driving – Press Announcement

Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray) joins with Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation Inc., in announcing the filing of a new bill to strengthen the ban against texting while driving in Florida. The press conference will take place at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at: AutoNation Building 200 SW 1st Avenue, 15th Floor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Contact Senator Maria Sachs’ office for further information at (561) 279-1427 or sachs.maria@flsenate.gov. Texting While Driving (First Offense) 39 states have a primary offense for texting while driving. Drivers under the age of 18 have an overall Cell Phone Ban in 21 states There are 10 states that have a ban on texting, but not on overall cell phone use Virginia has a primary enforcement for school bus drivers; Utah has a primary enforcement for texting while driving only; Nebraska is purely secondary; Iowa is secondary for texting. The other 46 states use primary enforcement. Michael Jackson – Auto Nation Michael Jackson has been the Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation since September 1999 and has been with the company for 12 years. Background and Summary: Texting while driving surpassed alcohol as the leading cause of teen related driving deaths in 2011. The current texting while driving bill, which became legal today (October 1) represents a significant step to further ensure that our loved ones are safe on the roads. For years, this issue was tabled before even getting to committee. Finally, after I was elected to the Senate district 34 in 2012, this issue was able to be brought before the session and voted upon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 24% of all crashes involve cell phones. So, while I am pleased that […]

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Ban on Texting While Driving Becomes Law, Will Be Tougher Next Year

 The bill to make texting while driving illegal in Florida was signed into law.  This legislation represents a significant step to further ensure that our loved ones are safe on our roads.   While I’m is happy with this crucial first step I believe more needs to be done. I’m intent upon expanding the law to include all handheld devices. Traffic accident statistics are alarming; Palm Beach County’s traffic deaths jumped by 21% from 2011 to 2012 with law enforcement citing cell phones as a key reason. We take strict safety measures against drinking and driving – an offense that threatens lives on the road. Seatbelt laws, while they took many years to be enacted, are also safety measures we take very seriously. It is time we take life-threatening distractions seriously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers are 23 times more likely to crash their vehicle if texting while driving. Our law enforcement officials and first responders have seen it firsthand. I have received countless emails from constituents, including first responders, supporting strict action against texting while driving. The risks and the threats are real, and the time to act is now. My bill, which I will introduce again in the next Legislative Session, will make texting while driving a primary offense, enabling law enforcement to make a lawful stop when someone is texting while driving. As your Senator, your continued support is critical as I continue to fight for your safety and the passage of stricter legislation on this issue.      

Ban on Texting While Driving

Senator Maria Sachs (D – Delray Beach) has filed a bill that will ban Texting while Driving. 3,092 lives were lost in 2010 because of distracted driving. The new bill will make texting and/or emailing while operating a motor vehicle a primary traffic offense. Currently, Florida is one of only 7 states to have no restrictions at all on texting while driving. Similar bills have been introduced each of the previous 3 legislative sessions and failed. Ellyn Bogdanoff, (Republican) is the reason we do not yet have any legislation against texting while driving. Bogdanoff killed the bill in 2010 and 2012, as she doesn’t believe texting while driving is dangerous, telling a reporter “we are a multitasking society now”. (Article) Senator Sachs strongly disagrees, as well as 70% of all Floridians, who believe some form of legislation is necessary to keep our streets safe. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. This legislation will save lives, reduce injuries, and protect property on Florida’s roadways. “Finally we will put common sense to traffic and safety”, said Senator Sachs.  

By |October 24th, 2012|Latest News|3 Comments

Ban Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving Thanks to Sen. Maria Sachs’s crucial vote, texting while driving became illegal in the State of Florida, which represents a significant step to further ensure that our loved ones are safe on the roads.   For years, this issue was tabled before even getting to committee. Thanks in part to Maria’s victory in 2012, this issue was able to be brought before the session and voted upon. Her opponent, Ellyn Bogdanoff, was the main reason we were one of the remaining states not to have any action on this issue, as Bogdanoff had consistently blocked any legislation to prevent texting while driving prior to her defeat in 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 24% of all crashes involve cell phones. So, while Sen. Sachs is happy that the State of Florida has taken the first step toward safer roads by making texting while driving a secondary offense, she believe more needs to be done. As the District 34 Senator, Sen. Sachs sponsored her own bill supporting the present texting while driving legislation, and is intent upon expanding the law to include all handheld devices which would focus the driver’s attention away from the road. The traffic accident statistics are alarming:  Palm Beach County’s traffic deaths jumped by 21% from 2011 to 2012 with law enforcement citing cell phones as a key reason. We take strict safety measures against drinking and driving – an offense that threatens lives on the road. Seatbelt laws, while they took many years to be enacted, are also safety measures we take very seriously. It is time we take life-threatening distractions seriously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers are 23 times more likely to […]

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No Texting While Driving

“As your state senator, I am committed to filing- and passing- a bill that will ban texting while driving.  Florida is currently one of the only states without this law on the books, and we cannot play politics with our safety anymore.”   If elected, Maria’s key priority is to make our roads safer for our children and our senior citizens. One of the most distracting things a person can do is text while driving- thus endangering her/himself and others on the road. The US Department of Transportation has found that the risk of crashing while texting and driving increases 23 times, because reading/sending a text diverts the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – the same as driving the length of a football field, blind, at 55mph.   Senator Sachs on the Senate floor advocating for her bill that bans texting while driving.   Thirty-two states have passed laws that ban texting while driving.  Florida needs to join them. Maria introduced legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session that would have banned drivers from typing on any wireless communication device and if elected – she will continue to fight for these life-saving measures.        Further Information A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control confirms that texting while driving is a national epidemic among our youth.  The study found that more than half of high school seniors admitted that they send text messages or emails while behind the wheel.     In a new federal study, more than half of teenagers admitted to texting while driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 5,000 people are killed in crashes involving driver distraction.  Those most at […]

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From the Senate Floor

This Week in Session SB 52 (Use of Wireless Communications While Driving), co-sponsored by Senator Sachs, was passed by the Senate. This bill will make it illegal to text while driving in the state of Florida. Senator Sachs commented at the passing of the bill, “I support this bill, however I would really like to see texting while driving become a primary offense, rather than a secondary offense.  This bill is a positive first step towards the law we actually need to protect our state from the dangers of distracted driving.” ______________ An example below of the baby chicks dyed colors portrays what Senator Sachs’ bill seeks to ban because of animal cruelty issues SB 650 (Artificial Coloring of Animals) was read on the Senate Floor and any questions were asked and answered. The bill is now scheduled for a vote in the Senate during the session on Wednesday, April 24. Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, & Economic Development SB 884 (Veterans License Plate) – The bill increases the percent of revenue collected from the cost of Florida Salutes Veterans license plates given to Florida Veterans’ Foundation on behalf of Florida Veterans.  It also eliminates the expiration date of the provision contained in current law.   The bill was voted passed its third committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. The bill will now head to its final committee, the Appropriations Committee.  Senator Sachs always sponsors legislation on behalf of the 1.5 million veterans living in Florida.  Appropriations Committee SB 370 (Body Parts) – This bill assures that unclaimed body parts are not sold without proper family authorization and that the bodies deceased veterans will not be held indefinitely at funeral homes, […]