Numerous Floridians Support a "Hands-Free" Driving Law in Florida
State Representative Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, Florida, has introduced new proposed legislation making it against Florida's law for a driver to touch a cellphone while driving.
The proposed law is not a novel concept, as several states have enacted similar legislation. In Georgia, the state's Hands-Free Georgia Act has been in effect for nearly two years. According to an article on AJC.com, the results of Georgia's distracted driving law have been mixed as traffic citations have increased while fatal traffic accidents and collision claims have decreased.
As of December 2020 in Florida it is illegal to text or talk on the phone when driving through a construction zone or a school zone.
State Representative Slosberg believes that the number one distraction for drivers is cell phones. She has advocated for stronger driving laws in Florida following her sister's tragic, fatal accident in 1996. State Representative Slosberg believes that focusing on the road ahead is the most important thing drivers can do to stay safe and avoid causing accidents.
The National Safety Council's report showed cellphone usage while driving causes an estimated 1.6 million accidents per year. The news report also cites one University of Utah study that discovered drivers on their cellphones were as dangerous to other motorists as drunk drivers.
According to State Representative Slosberg, the proposed Bill has bipartisan support. Many Florida residents have stated that they support a hands-free bill.
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