Proposed Florida Law Aims to Keep Teens Safe on the Road

by Carmen Dellutri on January 17, 2013

Fort Myers personal injury lawyerA recent survey of 15,000 high school students revealed that 1 in 3 high school students had texted or e-mailed while driving during the past 30 days. With this in mind, we are hopeful that a proposal to ban teens from using electronic devices behind the wheel becomes a reality.

The legislation, SB-152, was introduced last month by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge. It would impose a number of new restrictions on teen drivers, with a focus on preventing distracted driving.

Among other provisions, the proposed law would:

  • Prohibit a person younger than 18 years of age from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device or telephone;
  • Require that the course content of driver improvement schools include awareness training about using certain electronic devices while driving;
  • Provide for a voluntary check-off on motor vehicle registration forms to make a contribution to the Auto Club South Traffic Safety Foundation;
  • Require traffic law and substance abuse education program content to include awareness of using certain electronic devices while driving; and
  • Restrict the number of passengers under the age of 18 permitted in a vehicle operated by a person under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a driver at least 21 years of age.

As we have previously mentioned on this Florida injury blog, many are hopeful that 2013 will be the year that Florida finally places restrictions on texting while driving. We will continue to track this bill and other similar legislation and provide updates as they become available.

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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