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Proposed Road Kill: Texting

This just in from the House Majority Office:

Legislation moved through committee Wednesday designed to improve the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists; prevent crashes; reduce the financial impact of injuries, death, and property damage -- all caused by texting while driving; and authorize law enforcement to issue citations as a secondary offense.

I am thrilled that this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves, said Rep. Doug Holder R-Sarasota, sponsor of the bill. We must send a message that Floridas roads are safe to travel.

The newly crafted Proposed Committee Substitute for HB 41 adopted portions of U.S. DOTs proposed measures, including the specific prohibition of texting while driving, while ensuring the prohibition fits Floridas traffic framework.

The bill passed unanimously through the Roads, Bridges, & Ports Policy Committee. The committee took on the task of reworking this piece of legislation during a workshop meeting on February 17, 2010. The bill now moves to the Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee.

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