NTSB Suggests Texting Ban: Will Florida Ban Texting While Driving?
The National Transportation Safety Board is asking for a nationwide ban on drivers using cell-phones and other hand-held devices and has urged that all states impose bans on texting and cellphone use while driving. But, will the state of Florida meet these demands?
Last year, at least 3,092 motor vehicle fatalities were attributed to distracted drivers. This number comes from law enforcement records; however, not all departments keep records, nor is it always possible to know if distraction is the cause of a crash. Experts believe that the actual number is much higher.
Laws banning texting or cell phone use by drivers in Florida have been proposed at every legislative session since 2002, but none have passed. While officials recognize the dangers of distracted driving in Florida, the majority of Florida law makers oppose prohibiting the practice. Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says he opposes laws that support "government-regulating private behavior."
Representative Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, is sponsoring legislation for 2012 that would prohibit school bus drivers and drivers under age 18 from using hand-held cell phones and other devices while driving. Two senators have also proposed bills to limit distracted driving in Florida. Senator Thad Altman, R-Viera, has proposed a bill that would ban drivers younger than 18 from using a phone while driving, and Senator Nancy Detert has proposed a bill to ban texting while behind the wheel.
Two out of every ten drivers admit to texting while driving. This is not against the law, but it is reckless behavior. If you have been injured in a Palm Beach County accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn will fight for your rights. To learn more, contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.