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Older voters want text-while-driving ban, survey shows

by John Kennedy | February 4th, 2013

Voters age 50 and older overwhelmingly back legislative efforts to ban texting-while-driving, a new survey by AARP shows.

Some 93 percent of older voters polled support the prohibition, compared with only 5 percent who say they oppose such a law. The Legislature has considered some kind of text-ban for more than a decade, but advocates say the measure faces its best chance of becoming law this year.

A measure banning texting (SB 52) is slated to go before the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

AARP has 2.8 million members in Florida.

In other matters covered in the December survey of 880 Floridians, AARP found a majority (52 percent) support requiring online retailers to collect the state’s 6 percent sales tax from consumers, the same as brick-and-mortar retailers. Another 60 percent oppose the 2006 law that allowed Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy of Florida to collect money for nuclear power plants before building them.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has said he’s open to taking another look at the law.

AARP, which is supporting the Medicaid expansion Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers are still considering,  also found most surveyed want more state attention and money going to long-term care.

The survey has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 3.3 percent.

 

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5 Responses to “Older voters want text-while-driving ban, survey shows”

  1. greg Says:

    now you will see some action. as long as the legislators see they have the backing of the largest voting group, thy will be done.

  2. moishe Says:

    Texting while driving is so stupid…an accident waiting to happen..but while we are at it how about making old people take drivers tests every two years . Many of them have no business getting behind a wheel because they can’t see and can’t hear and their reflexes are shot. Bet the AARP shuts up on that one They have insurance to sell.

  3. MackG Says:

    THERE IS ALREADY A LAW AGAINST IT. IT’S CALLED CARELESS AND/OR RECKLESS DRIVING. ENFORCE THE LAWS WE HAVE, STOP PILING ON TO THE STUPID LEGAL CODE BOOKS. ANY COP CAN ALREADY TICKET SOMEONE IF HE OBSERVES THEM TEXTING UNDER CARELESS/RECKLESS. JUST TELL THE POLICE TO START GIVING THE TICKETS.

  4. dick Says:

    I ‘ve almost missed lights because “someone” is sitting at the green light and texting. This is more irresponsible B.S.
    Fine them. Get them off the roads.
    Self centered and dangerous knuckleheads

  5. current political articles Says:

    You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I’d by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely large for me. I am looking forward on your next post, I will try to get the grasp of it!

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