Texting While Driving isn’t Worth the Risk

February 18, 2013

Personal Injury

textingA groundswell of support from state residents and the media is raising hopes that Florida will have its first law regarding texting while driving.

Several distracted driving bills are under consideration by the Florida legislature which has been debating since 2002 over whether motorists should be prohibited from sending a text message while driving a vehicle.

The most recent bill filed in the Senate would hold motorists criminally responsible if their texting leads to an accident that causes death. In such a case, the motorist would be charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Florida is one of 11 states that does not have a law banning texting while driving.

Another distracted driving measure would ban all motorists in Florida from sending text messages. House Bill 13, similar to Senate Bill 52, would penalize drivers with 6 points on their record if they cause an accident while using a wireless communications device. Drivers would be hit with two points on their record if they used a handheld device while driving in school zones.

Proponents of anti-texting laws say that even though text messages are short, sending them causes drivers to take their hands off of the steering wheel, and their minds off of traffic. Those few seconds can lead to death, according to Spring Hill resident Steve Augello, who has testified before the state legislature in support of banning texting and driving. Augello said his 17-year-old daughter, Alessandra, was killed in 2008 when her vehicle was struck head-on by a motorist who crossed the center line of the road while texting.

Supporters also say that text messages are not so important that motorists can’t wait until they reach their destination to send them.

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