TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2010) —
Although AAA Auto Club South doesn’t endorse candidates for political office, the third largest AAA club in the country, hopes to have an ally in the Governor’s Mansion who will make traffic safety a priority, help address the homeowners insurance crisis and reinvigorate tourism.
In written responses to questions submitted by AAA about these and other issues, both the Democratic and Republican candidates offered their proposed solutions.
On the subject of traffic safety including the dangerous and growing practice of texting while driving and the lack of a booster seat law, Candidate Alex Sink committed to a proactive agenda: “Instead of lagging behind other states when it comes to safety precautions for motorists, Florida should take the lead. I support laws that would prohibit sending text messages while driving,” she stated. Regarding booster seats, she replied, “It is unacceptable that, despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommendation, Florida is one of only three states that does not mandate booster seats for children ages 4 to 8. As governor, I will change that.”
Candidate Rick Scott made a commitment to support changes in traffic safety policy for which there is a demonstrated need: “Distracted driving of any kind has to be discouraged. We need to get people to realize that when they aren’t concentrating on driving, they pose a risk to themselves and everyone else with whom they are sharing the road,” he stated. On the topic of booster seats he commented, “If the legislature passes a law that strengthens child passenger safety standards, and there is adequate data to support the need to do so as well as the proposed solution to the problem, I would support the change.”
AAA also asked Sink and Scott how they would reinvigorate Florida’s tourism industry; what role they think the Office of Insurance Regulation should play in setting homeowners insurance rates; and what they think is the most important thing Floridians should know about them. The full written responses from the two candidates, as well as a videotaped interview with Candidate Sink, can be viewed at www.AAA.com/GetInvolved.
“Whoever is elected governor, we hope they will put their words into action so that we can save lives on Florida’s roadways and promptly address these other pressing concerns,” said Kevin Bakewell, Senior Vice President, AAA Auto Club South.