As personal injury attorneys representing seriously injured victims of car accidents throughout Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Keys and Palm Beach, we are happy to report that the Florida Senate finally voted on, and approved, a ban on texting while driving. The bill will now move on to the Florida House of Representatives for their consideration.
Considering Florida is only one of a handful of states that has not addressed the ever increasing dangers associated with texting while driving, the Senate’s common sense approach to this deadly epidemic is welcome news. Incredibly, almost a dozen teenagers perish each day in distracted driving car accidents.
Instead of allowing a police office to stop a driver solely for using their phone, the bill considers texting/emailing as a secondary violation. This means that a police officer will have to observe another driving violation, such as speeding, in order to pull over the offender. We remind our fellow Floridans that using a smart phone while driving is anything but smart.