I am aware of a bill being submitted to the Florida Legislature to make texting while driving a primary offense. Some legislators, including Nancy Detert (R-Sarasota) have indicated their opposition -- that the rights of what people do in their cars while driving should not be restricted.
I'm sorry, Sen. Detert, but my right to be safe while I drive on Florida streets and highways trumps anyone else's right to text while driving!
Several weeks ago I was driving on I-275 in St. Petersburg when a car to my right started drifting toward my car. The car was beyond my peripheral vision so I couldn't see it, but my wife screamed and I eased to my left and hit my brakes.
Sure enough, as the woman passed us, she was apparently texting and paying no attention to her surroundings.
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A few years ago, while on I-75 I happened to overtake a car whose driver was also apparently texting.
I appreciate that the police are taxed with more and more each day. To make texting while driving a primary offense may add to those duties, but what is worse: keeping the roadways safe or cleaning up after an accident where people are injured, maimed or killed?