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.