On May 28, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed a law banning drivers from texting in Florida. The law went into effect on October 1, 2013, and it does allow a driver to text while sitting at a light. In many states, it is also illegal to text while sitting at a stop sign or stop light. Governor Scott went on to say, this is going to save lives.
The new law allows for secondary enforcement, which allows police officers to ticket drivers for texting provided they have been stopped for another offense, and the officer is able to determine that the driver was also texting while he or she was driving.
In Florida during 2012, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported there were 4,841 vehicle accidents caused by some type of electronic distraction.
In one well-publicized report, a Tampa, Florida school bus driver was caught on camera by a student that showed the bus driver looking down at her cell phone while driving with one hand. The school bus driver was subsequently suspended by the Hillsborough County school district.
It is a well-known fact that any type of distraction experienced by a driver can cause a serious, and often fatal accident, and when we add texting while driving to that mix it only increases the likelihood that someone will be injured or killed.