Crist gives green light to ban on texting while drivingby Dara Kam | November 17th, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist wants to ban texting and driving, joining a movement already underway to force drivers to forgo messaging while they’re behind the wheel.
“I think it would provide some safety for our people,” Crist told Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones.
Jones’ legislative proposals didn’t include the ban, already sought by several lawmakers who vow passage of a ban during next year’s legislative session.
She said she’d add it to her list along with a request to beef up the state’s aggressive driving laws which no carry no penalty.
Florida law now identifies “aggressive drivers” as those who break two laws simultaneously, for example tailgating while speeding.
But there’s no additional penalty for being an aggressive driver and there’s no special identifier tagging the miscreants.
Jones wants lawmakers to change that and also force the aggressive drivers to attend drivers’ school.
Some folks might not like that, observed Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.
“I bet your insurance company’s not going to like it either,” she said.