Currently, 39 states have law prohibiting texting while driving. A bit late into the game, Florida lawmakers are hoping to join these 39 states in pursuit of making the roads a safer place to drive. State Rep. Doug Holder, a Republican from Sarasota, has filed a bill which would make texting while driving a secondary offense.
As such, a driver is only able to receive a citation for texting while driving if they were pulled over for another primary purpose, such as reckless driving or speeding. While cell phone calls would still be permitted under the new bill, lawmakers hope to see a significant reduction in the number of motor vehicle collisions occurring each year in the state.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident if they are texting while driving. The AAA Foundation estimates that the country currently losses 5,000 lives each year from the dangerous activity.
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