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AAA Supports Texting Ban

October 26th, 2009 by flanews

The AAA auto club is calling for a nationwide ban on texting while driving.

Eighteen states already ban the practice. Its still legal in 32 states, including Florida. Lawmakers are preparing a bill to ban texting while driving for the 2010 legislative session. If passed, drivers would be fined if caught reading, typing, or sending text messages while driving. Recent reports highlight the dangers of texting while driving, claiming its even more dangerous than drunk driving. AAA spokeswoman Brenda Smith says drivers often lose control of their vehicles.

Anytime you don’t have total control of that vehicle you are 50 percent more apt to be involved in a traffic accident that can result in a fatality or major injuries. So AAA will support any legislation that Florida might put in to committee or even beginning next year, we will be behind that 100 percent of the way,” said Smith.

AAA wants the 32 states without a ban to adopt one by 2013. While the war on texting behind the wheel rages, questions linger about the use of cell phones to make calls or other uses.

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