Texting Ban Passes: Will it Make New Port Richey Roads Safer?

The Florida Senate recently approved a measure that would make it against the law to text while driving. Do you think it will improve the safety of local roads?

They say the third time’s the charm, but for Florida’s texting ban five seems to be the magic number.

A bill that makes it illegal to text while driving finally made it through the Senate and into Gov. Rick Scott’s hands earlier this week. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has tried for five legislative sessions to get the measure approved, according to TBO.com.

If Scott signs the bill, it will become illegal to text behind the wheel. The bill, however, doesn’t apply to texting while stopped at red lights or for those who are parked on roadsides.

The fine for texting behind the wheel will be considered a secondary one and only carries a price tag $30, according to TBO.

So, what do you think, New Port Richey? Do you like the new law? Does it go far enough? Tell us what you think by commenting below!

Rev Michael Carbone May 05, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I don't think it goes far enough, you will have people sitting at a light and texting while it changes and not moving which can lead to them realising the light is going to change and then running it causing an accident, if the text is that important that it can't wait then pull into a parking lot
Ron Harrington May 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I think the use of a cell phone for any reason while driving should be against the law and seriously punished.
Lori May 05, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I don't think cell phone or texting should be legal while driving.
Linda Tipton Marks May 06, 2013 at 04:06 AM
People who are stupid enough to text now, will continue to be stupid enough to text, regardless of any law. I must disagree with Sandra D. There are just as many adults, middle-aged, and even elderly, as there are youth, guilty of this.
Robert Faughnan May 07, 2013 at 02:05 AM
While any distraction while driving is a bad thing what is next! No radio while diving since the music can be distracting, no passengers since the discussions can be distracting, no maps or gps since that can be distracting! Why regulate one specific distraction when all can be bad, after all the laws against drunk driving have completely eliminated that from happening. (Those that do not get my partial sarcasm will help me make my point.)


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