Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FWIW, few drivers nabbed by texting bans: USA TODAY

Interesting read in the May 6, 2013, USA TODAY:

The Florida Legislature just approved a ban on texting while driving, though no word from Governor Scott as to what action he will take on the bill.  Florida is ready to become the 40th state to enact such a law (plus the District of Columbia).  Washington state started the trend in 2007. 

A USA TODAY survey of state police agencies reports that a driver stands little chance of getting ticketed for texting by state police in most of the nation, with some state agencies averaging fewer than one citation per day.

The article ends with Justin McNaull, director of state relations for auto club AAA and a former Arlington, Va., police officer, "Ultimately, the goal of traffic laws and traffic enforcement isn't to write a certain number of tickets. It's to change behavior. It's to discourage people from engaging in dangerous behavior."

Obviously there will be no effect in Florida if Governor Scott vetoes the anti-texting bill.

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