Florida Ban on Texting While Driving

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As an attorney for more than 15 years representing people who were injured, or even killed, at the hands of careless and sometime reckless drivers, the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) recommendation on banning the use of portable electronic devices makes a lot of sense.  While this ban may apply to all portable electronic devices, the biggest concern for everyone should be any use cell phones, from talking to texting to emailing. None of this should be done while driving. In Florida, a motor vehicle is considered a “dangerous instrumentality.” Operating such a dangerous instrumentality without your full attention focused on the road puts not only you, but all the others on the road as well, in danger. When an automobile accident occurs, it not only affects the lives of those involved, but it also affects the lives of their family members.

Currently, 35 States and Washington D.C. ban texting while driving.  Ten States and Washington D.C. ban hand-held devices, like cell phones.  In 2010, there were more than 3,000 fatalities due to distracted drivers. It is time that Florida falls in line and also becomes one of these states that ban hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving. Some even say using hands-free devices while driving can be just as distracting as using hand-held devices.Automobile accidents can happen in an instant. Without your full attention focused on the road, you are needlessly subjecting yourself, and others, to serious danger that could otherwise easily be avoided. 

See Today news story on the bans against hand-held devices in cars:http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45666321#45666321

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