“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.

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.

 

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 risk of dying in a crash due to distracted driving are those under the age of 20.