Parents of Teen Killed Want Florida Legislature to Ban Texting While Driving

Florida has never had a ban of any kind of texting while driving, and this year’s Florida legislative session may be a repeat of years past. The parents of a teenager killed in a head-on auto accident in 2008 because the other driver was texting behind the wheel came to Tallahassee to share their story with lawmakers hoping this year will be different. The girl’s parents told that losing a child is something you never want to experience, especially from something that could have been avoided.

In their case, their 17-year-old daughter was returning home from a play rehearsal at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill about 7:15 p.m. A 19-year-old was eastbound on Hudson Avenue near Hays Road when she crossed the road and hit the first teen head-on. Both girls were wearing seat belts, and both died at the scene.

Texting While Driving

A ban on texting while driving has passed three Senate committees so far this legislative session, but it is yet to be heard in the house. Some lawmakers, such as Rep. Irv Schlosberg who also lost his daughter in an auto accident, say there are obstructionists who do not want to see any sort of legislation or ban on texting.

The proposed legislation would make texting behind the wheel a secondary offense, meaning that you could not be pulled over for that offense alone. You could receive a ticket for texting after being pulled over for something else.

Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is thought to remove your focus on driving by 400 percent. The American Medical Association (AMA) has called texting behind the wheel a “public health risk.” Yet Florida has never had any kind of ban, whether just on teens, on texting, or on cell phone use at all.

Federal estimates are that every year, 6,000 individuals are killed in car crashes by distracted drivers.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the distracted driving accident attorneys in Jacksonville of Farah & Farah can help you get compensation for your injuries. Please call (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.