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 crash their vehicle if texting while driving. Our law enforcement officials and first responders have seen it firsthand.

Maria Sachs has 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.

Senator Sachs’ bill, which she 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 she continue to fight for your safety and the passage of stricter legislation on this issue.