Older voters want text-while-driving ban, survey showsby 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.