Florida is joining 40 other states in the U.S. where it is illegal to text and drive. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also plans to target teenage drivers to remind them about the ban.
Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice and the sponsor of the legislation, says it will still act a deterrent – especially among teenagers just starting to drive. “My whole purpose in the law is just to be able to tell teenagers that texting while driving is against the law,” said Detert.
Drivers who text take their eyes off the road for almost five seconds, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates the trucking industry. At 55 mph, a driver can cross the equivalent of a football field while not looking.
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