Legislation to ban texting while driving clears second committee

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Since 2008, legislation has been filed in the Florida House of Representatives to ban a person from texting while driving.  Unfortunately, the bill never received any consideration in that Chamber until now. 

HB 13 sponsored by Rep. Doug Holder received a favorable vote today from the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.  This is the second committee that has approved this legislation within one week. 

Young, inexperienced drivers, under 20 years old have the highest proportion of texting while driving crashes.   

“Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted, yet drivers under 20 years old text more than any other age group,” said Eileen Segal, President of Florida PTA. “It’s a trend that poses a growing danger, and we are pleased that the Florida Legislature is addressing this important issue now.” 

HB 13 has one more committee stop before it can be considered by the full House of Representatives. 

A broad based coalition consisting of law enforcement, local governments, businesses, trade associations, advocacy networks and the PTA are supporting this legislation.

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