A state legislator who has made road safety his main cause in the Legislature urged, and chastised, the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee on Tuesday to get behind a ban on texting while driving, reports David Royse of the News Service of Florida.
But Rep. Irv Slosberg, whose daughter died in a car crash several years ago, heard as he has in the past that getting such a ban passed may be an uphill fight.
During a workshop on the proposed agency bill for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Slosberg repeatedly asked why the bill as currently drafted didn’t include such a ban.
“Why aren’t we discussing distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, when 35 states have laws against it?” asked the Boca Raton Democrat, who is the ranking minority member of the committee and has focused largely on seat belt laws and other highway safety legislation during much of his career.
The lawmaker who will sponsor the Highway Safety bill replied that the issue, frankly, is controversial and should be addressed in a stand-alone bill because there are other provisions in the agency bill that must pass. There is a stand-alone bill banning texting while driving