At least 30 states + Washington D.C. have passed laws banning texting while driving.
LAST YEAR: In 2010 seventeen texting/cell phone bills were proposed and then promptly rejected or ignored…even though, then Gov. Charlie Crist promised he would sign any such legislation that came across his desk. (A few years earlier, Miami-Dade passed an ordinance banning hand-held cell phone use while driving…but the Florida legislature promptly passed a law banning individual municipalities from regulating cell-phone use)
So far, in 2011 I have read about three different bills being proposed that would limit cell phone and/or text messaging while driving. Problem here is that Gov. Rick Scott seems unwilling to affirmative support these types of bills.
(1) Senate Bill 80: (sponsored by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, Republican)
- prohibits driving while sending or receiving text messages, emails, or instant messages,
- nforcement as primary action.
- results in fine of $100