Cell Phone Use While Driving Debate: Will State Law Change Next Year?
We recently added an article to our library about the Florida Senate being asked to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in the state.Florida to Ban All Hand-held Cell Phone Use While Driving?
Adding to the texting-while-driving debate in the state of Florida is the discussion of distracted driving from general use of cell phones. According to the Ocala website, the Florida Senate will be asked next year to ban the use of cell phones while driving, with the exception of headsets. Senate Bill 244, also called “Heather’s Law,” is named after a 27-year-old woman who was killed in an auto accident caused by a texting truck driver. With 80% of auto accidents occurring due to driver inattention (according to the federal DOT), Florida is even considering a bill that would fine any driver found using the phone $100. Although one state senator has been trying to get similar legislation passed in Florida for three years, national attention on the subject this year may lead to a success story on his part this fourth time.