TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- May 5, 2011 -
The Florida House and Senate have voted to approve House Bill 689, the Driver Improvement Schools and Education Programs Bill that aims to reduce the number of accidents related to texting while driving by improving driver education.
Representative Lori Berman (D-Delray Beach) is the sponsor of the bill. “We’ve been battling the texting while driving issue in this state for years, and up until now we have done very little to reduce the danger to drivers on the road. Under this legislation, all new drivers and students in driver improvement classes will undergo a thorough education on the real risks associated with texting while driving. Education is not the end of the road, but it certainly is the beginning,” said Representative Berman.
Representative Berman also said: “I want to thank Senator Eleanor Sobel and Senator Tony Hill for working closely with me on this good legislation and ensuring its passage in the Senate.”
HB 689 is the second bill to be approved by the freshman representative. Late last week, HB 741, which seeks to increase South Florida's potable water supply, was passed by the Florida House. Neither bill has a fiscal impact to the state.
Both bills will now head to the governor’s desk.