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anon5962015541
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8/18/2014 | 9:59:22 AM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
I hope, all states will ban texting while driving. The bottom line? It's a warning none of us can have repeated too often: don't engage in texting, dialing, or surfing the Internet while you're behind the wheel. Pay attention to the road and traffic ahead of you while being on the lookout for bikes, joggers or perhaps a little child chasing his ball that rolled into the roadway. Don't let a few tragic seconds haunt you for the rest of your life. 
catvalencia
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11/25/2013 | 8:41:30 AM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
Let us not be prejudice here. Amendment in the law could be the good answer here. So far, police in a number of states have not been able to find too many people who are texting while driving though most are still likely doing the work. To help stop the dangerous practice, the Department of Transportation has granted a $550,000 grant to discover possible ways of catching it. Find more at: Texting while Driving
RandyW758
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8/21/2013 | 5:55:56 PM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
Shotguns fix stupid.
RandyW758
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8/21/2013 | 5:52:48 PM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
Rick Scott is a moron, and Florida lawmakers are idiots. This law is useless, powerless, and completely retarded. Please lawmakers, you need to stop going FULL RETARD on your jobs. Retard cake, is retard cake, no matter how you slice it and no matter the flavor of the icing.
This needs to be a primary objective, and it needs to include holding a phone in your hands for ANY reason. There is a REASON FL car insurance is so high. Most of your constituents are morons, YOU need to take up the slack and stop them from doing moronic things in public, while endangering the few of us who aren't.
moarsauce123
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5/31/2013 | 11:46:56 AM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
This is in line with any other form of politics in Florida. Laws that support gun fanatics and allow for shooting people point blank for petty things (or just for fun) and elections that for over a decade are riddled with irregularities and fraud.
That aside, even if it is a primary offense people will still do it and police will still not pull drivers over for that. I see it every day with the cops right there. It is either too much work for them to ticket a texter or they truly have better things to do. Fact is, no law will fix stupid.
Andrew Hornback
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5/31/2013 | 3:58:13 AM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
From a moralistic viewpoint, does it really take a law in order for people to do the right thing?

"Worse, 98% of those surveyed said they understand how dangerous texting while driving is, but they admitted to doing it anyway. Half of commuters send text messages or emails when behind the wheel, compared to 43% of teenagers."

If 98% know that it's dangerous, yet half of them do it... maybe Florida should build a secondary highway system just for those people so that they can text all they want while they drive and when things do go really wrong, only those who wanted the ability to text would get directly hurt... sounds crazy, but come on... 98% know it's wrong, half do it anyway. Where's Darwin when you need him?

Personally, I don't even use my mobile device when I'm driving - unless I'm stopped and using the GPS. Call me when I'm driving (or even commuting on the subway), you go to voicemail. Text me when I'm driving, I'll answer you when I get to my destination.

When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, your safety, your passengers' safety and the safety of everyone around you depends on you being alert to the dynamic environment unfolding before you. PERIOD.

Andrew Hornback
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Lorna Garey
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5/29/2013 | 9:40:26 PM
re: Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
It's Florida - the law almost was derailed completely by a last-minute amendment forbidding the police from checking the contents of phone -- presumably to verify that texting had been happening -- except "in the case of accidents involving injury or death."

Which, of course, is too late.

"Any law that seeks to give up our civil liberties or ask us to, I will amend so it doesn't do that," said Miami Republican Rep. Jose Oliva.


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