Floridians React to NTSB’s Proposed Cell Phone Driving Ban

by Carmen Dellutri on December 30, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAs you may have heard, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended a nationwide ban on the use of personal electronic devices while driving. As Florida personal injury attorneys, we support the effort to decrease distracted driving accidents and make Florida’s roads safer for everyone.

However, not everyone agrees.

"You know the NRA saying that if they want my gun they'll pry it from my cold dead hands? That's what I think about banning cellphones and driving," said state senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. "Absolutely no chance."

According to the St. Petersburg Times, he made the comments while driving and talking on his cellphone.

As we have noted before, this view contradicts accident statistics that confirm the risks associated with cell phone use while driving. Electronic devices caused 2,218 crashes in Florida this year through October, state records show. Another 685 were related to DVDs and similar devices. In particular, texting was at least partly to blame for 145 Florida car accidents.

Even lawmakers that support a texting ban think that the NTSB recommendation does too far. State Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa, who supports the texting ban, said that although the NTSB probably used scientific evidence to back up the decision, it likely would not be enough to convince Florida lawmakers.

"This is a stretch that will not play in Florida," Joyner said. "People will not give up their phone while driving. The texting is a different thing."

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 Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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