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KEp ur hands on th whEl

by Dara Kam | October 1st, 2009

Florida lawmakers have jumped on the bandwagon to stop driving-while-texting in response to a national report that found that the high-tech distraction contributed to 6,000 deaths on the road last year.

State Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, filed a bill that would ban drivers from texting on cell phones and other hand-held devices while behind the wheel.

“Sending text messages or emails while driving places both the driver and those on the road around them in danger,” Altman said in a press release. “We need additional highway safety laws in place to address the growing use of mobile devices while driving.”

There’s nothing currently on the books to stop drivers from using cell phones while they’re behind the wheel. But Altman’s bill would ban reading, typing and sending e-mails or texts while driving. Eighteen other states already have similar laws in place and Congress is considering a similar ban.

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2 Responses to “KEp ur hands on th whEl”

  1. Reuben Says:

    Excellent. Now, when will Florida ban all use of cell phones while driving? My life and others are endangered on a DAILY BASIS by drivers on cell phones. It’s absolutely crazy. Even the phones that allow the “drivers” to talk hands-free are unsafe. There have been many studies that show that cell useage contributes to accidents. On I-95, anyone can see the problems that are caused by this. Wandering around the highway, going 25 mph slower than everyone else, switching lanes without looking, on and on. At least one lawmaker see a problem. Of course, others are more concerned with making sex with animals illegal. I think that anyone having sex with an animal is disgusting, but they are not endangering anyone’s life because of it. I wonder how many lawmakers talk on their cell phones while driving? Do you think that might help explain the lack of laws addressing that activity?

  2. RDC Says:

    I agree 100% with the above poster.

    I’m so sick of having to drive around women that won’t get off the damn phone and do everything BUT drive while they are behind the wheel. And save it ladies, I have ovaries too….and I’m a feminist…you are making us all look bad.

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