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Florida motorists can soon be stopped and ticketed for using their cell phones while driving. At least when it comes to text messaging.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure this month that will make texting while driving a primary offense, meaning a police officer can stop and ticket a distracted driver caught texting, web surfing or using social media while behind the wheel. Florida’s existing law was a secondary offense, meaning drivers had to be stopped for another traffic violation before a distracted-driving citation could be issued. Distracted-Driving-Pic-Horizontal-300x200

Our car accident lawyers in Fort Myers and Cape Coral continue to see far too many traffic collisions caused by distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 3,000 motorists are killed each year in collisions involving distraction; but by some estimates, one-third of all traffic collisions involve driver distraction, resulting in more than 10,000 road deaths each year.

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During the 2010 Florida Legislative Session, no less than 17 bills were introduced relating to distracted-driving.

Perusing some of these bills, there’s a sad irony in their fates: All were pronounced dead – like many drivers who took their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.

This despite the number of organizations supporting bans on texting while driving, from the American Medical Association, Florida Justice Association and chat-show queen Oprah Winfrey to, astonishingly, AT&T. And, of course, the Federal Government.

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