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Rep. Janet Long files the Arrive Alive Act

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Representative Janet Long (D-Seminole) and Senator Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) have filed the “Arrive Alive Act” pertaining to text-based communication while driving.

Filed as Senate Bill 328 and House Bill 323, this bipartisan effort seeks to make Florida’s highways safer by outlawing the use of text-based communications while driving. If passed, Florida will join 19 other states and be in an excellent position to receive potential federal incentives that are being enacted for states who are taking steps to reduce distracted driving. Now is the time to send a clear message to drivers that one text message or Internet browsing session could put many other people’s lives at risk.

“We are seeing an alarming rise in the number of traffic accidents and fatalities as the result of texting and driving. Scientific studies confirm that texting is the major cause. With increased awareness and passage of this bill, we will begin to make a big difference” said Rep. Long.

“Hopefully, this much needed legislation will cause drivers to reassess their desire to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle,” said Senator Dockery.

Speaking of Janet Long, have you seen her sharp new profile pics on her Facebook page. You look great, Janet!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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