Florida Lawmakers to Reconsider Texting and Driving Ban

by Carmen Dellutri on January 3, 2013

Sarasota accident attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we are hopeful that 2013 will be the year that Florida finally enacts a texting and driving ban. Lawmakers are poised to consider two bills in the next year.

"Hope springs eternal. We have a new senate, a new house, hopefully a new way of thinking, but we won't know until we put a bill out there and we see how it does," said Sen. Thad Altman (R) - Brevard.

Companion bills introduced in the state House and Senate would prohibit texting behind the wheel. Another more restrictive bill introduced in the Senate would not only ban texting but also restrict voice conversations to hands-free devices. It would also authorize law enforcement to pull over drivers for violating the law. The other bills would only make texting behind the wheel a secondary offense.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida injury blog, distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the biggest causes of car accidents. In fact, statistics now show distraction is linked to 16 percent of all fatal crashes. However, Florida is one of the few states that does not have any prohibitions against cell phone use while driving.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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