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Florida Texting & Driving Ban Press Release
“GOVERNOR SCOTT SIGNS BAN ON TEXTING WHILE DRVING INTO LAW”
Miami – Governor Scott signed CSSB 52 by Senator Nancy Detert (R-Venice) into law today at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School in Miami. The new law now bans anyone from typing on a device while operating a moving vehicle. Texting while stopped at a red light would still be considered acceptable under this law. The first offense will be a $30 fine and any additional tickets within five years will be a $60 fine and will take three points off the offender’s driver’s license.
Both the House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed this legislation with bi-partisan support.
The FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION , a broad based group consisting of law enforcement, local governments, businesses, trade associations, advocacy networks and the PTA strongly supported this legislation and thank Governor Scott for signing the bill into law. This law will save not only Floridians lives, but the lives of all who visit this fine state. The coalition would also like to thank Senator Detert, Rep. Doug Holder (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Ray Pilon (R-Sarasota) their continued persistence on this issue.
FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION members include:
- Alamo Rent-A-Car
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Beer Industry of Florida
- City of Orlando
- Distraction Advocate Network
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Florida Automobile Dealers Association
- Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
- Florida College of Emergency Physicians
- Florida Committee on Trauma
- Florida Independent Concrete & Associated Products Association
- Florida League of Cities
- Florida PTA
- Florida Orthopedic Society
- Florida Police Chiefs Association
- Florida Public Health Association
- Florida Sheriffs Association
- Florida Trucking Association
- Ford Motor Company
- National Car Rental
- National Safety Commission
- National Solid Wastes Management Association
- Quality Block & Supply, Inc.
- Quality Precast Co.
- R & R Rebar Fabricators, Inc.
- Walt Disney World
FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION QUOTES
(May 28, 2013)
“By passing a law banning texting while driving, Florida continues the momentum in statehouses across the country to address this dangerous form of driver distraction,” said Kevin Bakewell, sr. vice president, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “In the last three years alone, more than half of all states have enacted text messaging bans for all drivers.”
“Too many people are being injured and killed in vehicle crashes that are preventable. In addition to legislation, education plays a key role in prevention and AAA will continue to focus significant resources on public education and awareness.”
“On behalf of nearly 2.8 million AARP Florida members, we want to thank members of the Legislature for taking an important step toward safer roads for all of us. As an AARP survey of 50+ voters showed before the session began, more than nine out of 10 Floridians favor a ban on texting while driving. We also want to thank Sen. Nancy Detert and Rep. Doug Holder, who have been persistent, persuasive and ultimately successful in their fight for this legislation.” Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida State Director
“For the members of ASSE working as safety, health and environmental professionals in Florida, this is a common sense effort urgently needed to address the rapidly growing risk on our highways. Florida’s best employers work with ASSE members to develop ‘no texting while driving’ bans for their employees. These employers care about their employees’ lives, and they know management of this unnecessary risk helps their organizations improve its reputation and be more competitive. Florida needs to follow the caring, smart lead of its best employers and ban texting on the state’s highways.” Rick Pollock, CSP, President, American Society of Safety Engineers
AT&T FLORIDA …
“We applaud both Sen. Nancy Detert and Rep. Doug Holder on the passage of the no texting while driving legislation, and thank the Senate and House leadership for coming together to pass this good legislation this year," said Marshall Criser, AT&T Florida - State President. "We look forward to Governor Rick Scott signing this important legislation. It's a simple message. No text is worth it, It Can Wait."
“Our goal is to make Florida’s roads safer. Texting and driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and we want to do our part to help put an end to it,” said Clement J. Hilton, DuPont – FL Site Plant Manager.
FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES …
“We want to encourage the Florida legislature to pass legislation that will help keep our families, friends and communities safe,” said Manny Maroño, President of Florida League of Cities and Mayor of the City of Sweetwater. “We cannot afford to allow this deadly behavior to continue.”
FLORIDA POLICE CHIEFS’ ASSOCIAITON…
"The Florida Police Chiefs' Association wants to thank Senator Nancy Detert and Rep. Doug Holder for sponsoring this important legislation, and believe prohibiting texting while driving is a crucial step in making Florida’s roads safer for all travelers. We hope this is a springboard for a more in-depth conversation relating to driver safety and distracted driving," said Chief Dennis Jones, Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department and the President of the Florida Police Chiefs' Association.
FLORIDA PTA …
“Young, inexperienced drivers have the highest proportion of texting while driving crashes. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted, yet drivers under 20 years old text more than any other age group," said Eileen Segal, President of Florida PTA. "It's a trend that poses a growing danger, and we are pleased that the Florida Legislature is addressing this important issue now."
FLORIDA SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION …
“The Florida Sheriff’s Association applauds this legislation and hope it will encourage drivers to focus on their responsibility to operate vehicles in a safe manner on Florida highways. Distracted driving is a serious public safety issue and hopefully this will send a message to the public that this is a traffic safety priority for law enforcement throughout the state,” said Sheriff Susan Benton, FSA President.
NATIONAL SOLID WASTES MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION – FL CHAPTER …
“Safety is a high priority for the members of NSWMA. Too many of our workers have been killed or injured by people distracted while driving. The Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law will help keep our employees safe while they are on the streets,” said John Clifford, NSWMA FL Chapter President.
ASSE North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship
North Florida Chapter Safety Education Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in occupational safety & health or a closely related field.
Priority will be given to part-time or full-time students that belong to the North Florida Chapter, full-time students that attend any Florida college or university or to full-time students that attend an ASAC/ABET accredited program nationwide (in that order).
ASSE general or professional membership is required if applicant is a part-time student.