Texting While Driving Bill Hits A Road Block

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Alex Bishoff, 18, admits she sends text messages from behind the wheel, but only at stops.

Alex Bishoff a young driver says,"At stop-signs and stop-lights, not while in motion; it scares me."

It's not the safest practice, but it's better than texting while the car is moving.

Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to wreck. 32 states have texting bans, but not Florida.

The state is taking a different approach to the deadly problem. An outright texting ban has failed in Tallahassee several years in a row, so this year lawmakers compromised.

They passed a bill requiring new drivers to learn about the dangers of texting while driving when they apply for a learners permit.
State Farm already educates its young drivers. They show videos and issue a safety test. Alex saw a similar video last year, it was an eye opener.

She says, "It made me feel incredibly responsible for all of my actions on the road."

State Farm Agent Kathy Fain meets personally with all of her young drivers to make sure they understand the severity of the situation.

Fain says, "They can get hurt in an instant, and it could be something that we can't undo. So, as a State Farm agent, that's my main thing: to keep them safe on the road."

And even though the state isn't giving drivers a reason not to text, State Farm is. Young drivers who pass their safety course and stay out of trouble with the law can receive a discount until they're 25.

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  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    I happen to enjoy watching the legislature yammering away on cellphones, or texting while crossing from the capitol over to Andrew's at lunch. And almost getting run over. The looks of indignation they get when they realize the laws of physics apply to THEM too, are quite priceless.
  • by spanky99 Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    I see people texting and driving around town on a daily basis, and I have witnessed several "almost" accidents as well as numerous people driving off the road. It is not just teenagers either I have seen adults as well as law enforcement officers texting while driving and it is getting out of hand. Like previous posts have stated, clearly someone that they love is going to have to lose their lives before they pull their heads out of their behinds and pass a law. Are you willing to risk yours and your children's lives Mr. Scott?
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    If they passed a law against it then the Legislators would be in violation when driving while talking on their cellphones. If they did pass the law and made driving as safe as it should be - then there would be a measurable loss of business for insurance companies, wrecker companies, auto body repair shops, funeral homes and cemetaries & creamatoriums. There would also be a decline in organ donors which would affect the medical field. The Legislature understands if they impeded business with a law like this Rick Scott would veto it anyway - as he said he would. There has to be a certain percentage of death in the population - it`s part of the economy.
  • by Charles Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    The worst sober drivers on the road at any time are those using their cell phones.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Wait till one of them are Hit by someone Texting, they wont be able to pass a Ban on Texting in a Car Fast Enough.
  • by jerry myaa Location: fla on May 17, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    these kids are killing people left and right.what is wrong with legislators ? this is a no brainer. wait till someone they care about is injured or killed.A message to your friend can wait till you get stoped.
  • by terry Location: perry on May 17, 2011 at 03:45 PM
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