Is a Florida Finally Making Progress on a Texting Ban?

by Carmen Dellutri on March 12, 2012

Sarasota accident attorneyLast month, Florida's Budget Committee unanimously approved legislation that would make texting behind the wheel a secondary offense. But does this mean Florida will finally enact a texting ban?

As we have previously discussed on this blog, Florida is one of the few states that does not regulate the use of cell phones while driving. This is despite the growing body of evidence that shows how dangerous distracted driving can be.

Under the proposed ban (Bill SB 416), “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data in such a device for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.”

If the bill passes, the texting ban could take effect on October 1 of this year. However, despite a favorable vote by the Budget Committee, the fate of the bill is still largely uncertain. The bill’s counterpart in the House has stalled and similar bills have failed for the past two years.

Although 71 percent of voters support a texting ban, many members of the Florida legislature are against any intrusion by the government, no matter what the reason. However, after the overwhelming support in the Senate, Republican Senator Nancy Detert, who sponsored Bill 416, is promising to press on and win the support of the bill’s critics, the Herald Tribune reports.

"I wish they would hear it. Then they would understand it's a secondary offense. It's strictly texting. I'm not trying to take the cell phone out of your cold dead hand. I’m just saying stop weaving into my lane.”

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