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Hawaii & Florida Ban Texting While Driving

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

As it turns out, Florida is not the 40th state to ban texting while driving.  We just learned that all the way across the country, Hawaii quietly passed its ban just last week and it takes effect July 1.


The Hawaii ban is interesting because not only does it ban texting while driving, it bans all hand-held phone use while driving.  And young drivers will have to say aloha to their phones when they're driving.  This law bans all wireless device use for drivers under the age of 18.


Meanwhile-- back on the mainland Florida governor Rick Scott has signed Florida's ban on texting while driving making Florida the 41st state to ban the practice.  He signed the bill into law at a South Florida high school to call attention to the toll distracted driving takes on young drivers.  Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths and 300,000 injuries nationwide can be blamed on texting, now surpassing alcohol.  Florida's ban on texting while driving kicks in this fall.


And as for Texas, it looks like no statewide ban on texting while driving will come out of the legislature this year.  The proposal was passed by the House but died in committee on the Senate side.  It's unlikely to come up in the special session because the governor sets the agenda, and he vetoed the ban on texting while driving when it passed in the last session.


To keep up with KEYE TV's efforts to keep you safe from distracted drivers, just click on "No Text Zone."


 


By Fred Cantu


 


 


 


 





 


 

Hawaii & Florida Ban Texting While Driving


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