According to a report by the SunSentinal, Florida has become the 41st state to ban texting while driving, who’s governor said the law will make the state’s roads more safe.
The ban, however, possesses very little muster. Texting while driving is only a secondary offense, meaning state police officers cannot pull people over based solely on this alone – another primary offense is needed first. Billing records would need to be summoned in order to add this offense to the state’s case against the resident.
The long and short of it is this: Florida has put into place a law that not only adds more bureaucratic mess by requiring cellular billing records before a charge can be levied for this offense, but simply making something illegal will not stop the behavior. You cannot fix distracted driving by making distracted driving illegal.
To believe that this law makes Florida state roads safer, one must also believe that people will suddenly stop initiating and responding to text messages simply because of the presence of this law. Most drivers already know that texting while driving is stupid and dangerous. People do it anyway. What, then, makes Florida governor Rick Scott believe that a hollowed-out law without much teeth will make any positive difference in the safety of his state’s roads?
Our country is full of nonsensical laws. Please, Governor Scott – we don’t need more.