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Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving

More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.i In an effort to make our roads safer, a coalition of law enforcement organizations, businesses and local governments have joined together in support of legislation to stop texting while driving.

Florida took the first step in banning texting while driving in 2013 but now it’s time to strengthen the law. We would like to see the law strengthen by making texting while driving a “primary” offense, which would allow law enforcement officers to pull over motorists for texting behind the wheel. Currently, motorists can only be cited for texting while driving if they are pulled over for other reasons.

The proposed legislation will make texting while driving a primary offense and fines for violations will be deposited in the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund.

Drivers, who choose to text and drive, are not only a danger to themselves, but to everyone else on the road. Individuals who used text messaging increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by two times and resulted in drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds total. ii

While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving for an unreasonable amount of time can be hazardous, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – manual, cognitive and visual.

For more information about the FL DNT TXT N DRV COALITION

Contact Keyna Cory –

(850) 566-9575


i National Safety council

ii Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research


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Texting-while-driving bill will make Florida streets safer

More than 5 crashes occur every hour because of someone texting behind the wheel. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 500,000 distracted driving crashes in Florida, resulting in more than 200 fatalities in 2016.

List of Resolutions
(As of January 4, 2018)

CountiesDate Adopted
BrevardAugust 8, 2017
BrowardAugust 22, 2017
CalhounJuly 25, 2017
CitrusAugust 8, 2017
DuvalAugust 23, 2017
FranklinAugust 15, 2017
GladesAugust 8, 2017
LeonOctober 10, 2017
LevyAugust 8, 2017
ManateeJuly 25, 2017
MarionAugust 1, 2017
MartinSeptember 26, 2017
Miami-Dade October 3, 2017
OkaloosaJanuary 3, 2018
OkechobeeAugust 10, 2017


Date Adopted
City of Boca RatonJuly 25, 2017
City of Boyton Beach August 15, 2017
City of Delray BeachAugust 2, 2017
City of MargateSeptember 6, 2017
City of MariannaSeptember 5, 2017
City Of Miami July 12, 2017
City of OldsmarOctober 3, 2017
City of ParklandAugust 16, 2017
Town of Ponce InletSeptember 21, 2017
City of WestonAugust 21, 2017
City of Winter HavenOctober 24, 2017
FL Police Chiefs Assn.October 12, 2017

of the Coalition




Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation – APB Foundation


American Insurance Association

American Society of Safety Engineers

Asphalt Contractors Association

Audible Broadcasting


Bell Concrete Products


Bike/Walk Central Florida

Blue Zones Project of SWFL

Central Florida Expressway (CFX)


City of Fort Myers

City of Lake Helen

City of Margate

City of Orlando

City of Pembroke Pines

Coconut Creek Police Department

Concrete Coalition of Florida (CCF)

Concrete On Call Inc

Enterprise Holdings

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants

Florida A.G.C. Council

Florida Asphalt Contractors Association

Florida Bicycle Association

Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians

Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Florida College of Emergency Physicians

Florida Committee on Trauma

Florida Concrete & Products Association

Florida Independent Concrete & Associated Products Association

Florida Insurance Council

Florida Neurosurgery Society

Florida Orthopedic Society

Florida PTA

Florida Police Chiefs Association

FL Swimming Pool Association

Florida Public Health Association

Florida Public Transportation Association

Florida Roof Deck Association

Florida Sheriffs Association

Florida Fire Sprinkler Association

Florida Transportation Builders’ Association

Florida Work Zone Safety Coalition

Griswold Ready Mix Concrete

Hiab USA

Kuhlman Concrete

Lee County Commission

Maschmeyer Concrete Company of FL

Masonry Association of Florida (MAF)

Milton Police Department

Miami-Dade County

Naples City Council

Naples Pathways Coalition

National Association of Credit Management- Improved Construction

Practices Committee (NACM-ICPC)

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

National Waste & Recycling Association

Nationwide Insurance Company

North Florida Transportation Planning Organization

Oviedo Police Department

Parliament Building Products

Personal Insurance Federation of Florida

Polk Transportation Planning Organization

Polk Vision’s Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Team

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Punta Gorda Police Department

Quality Block & Supply, Inc.

Quality Precast Co.

R & R Rebar Fabricators, Inc.

Republic Services

Southwestern Suppliers, Inc.

Streets Alive of SWFL

The Blue Zones Project of SWFL

Town of Ponce Inlet

Town of Southwest Ranches



Walk Bike Tampa

Walt Disney World Resort

from members

As an advocate for children and youth, Florida PTA firmly believes that distracted driving, more specifically texting while driving, is an epidemic that puts our young drivers at a greater risk than any other danger on our highways.  The startling statistics are growing, more youth are dying and only when we take stronger measures can we stop this epidemic in its tracks.”  says Cindy Gerhardt, Florida PTA President. “It is our belief that increasing opportunities to enforce this law by transitioning it from a secondary to a primary offense will force a new level of accountability and awareness to our youth that no text is worth the ending of a life full of potential and possibilities.

Cindy Gerhardt

President, Florida PTA

On behalf of more than 2.8 million AARP Florida members, we thank state lawmakers for taking an important step toward safer roads for all of us,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director. “As of 2016, 46 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, ban text messaging for all drivers. We want to thank Sen. Keith Perry and Rep. Emily Slosberg, who have been persistent, persuasive and ultimately successful in their fight for this legislation.

Jeff Johnson

State Director, AARP

AAA applauds the legislative efforts to improve the texting while driving law in Florida. Strengthening the law to primary enforcement will send a clear message that distracted driving is a dangerous behavior

Karen Morgan

AAA – The Auto Club Group

PCI is a proud supporter of the Florida Don’t Text and Drive Coalition and supports legislation that helps improve safety and reduce costs. The distracted driving epidemic must be addressed. We need to change driver behavior, and we believe toughening the distracted driving laws in Florida will save lives by encouraging people to think twice about picking up the phone while driving.

Logan McFaddin

Regional Manager, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Safety is a high priority for the members of NWRA. Too many of our workers have been killed or injured by people distracted while driving. Making texting while driving a primary offense will help keep our employees safe while they are on the streets

Charlie Latham

Florida Chapter Chair, NWRA

Our goal is to make Florida’s roads safer. Texting and driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and we want to do our part to help put an end to it

Clement J. Hilton

Florida Site Plant Manager, Chemours

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is fully supportive of efforts to prohibit texting while driving as a crucial step toward making Florida’s roads safer. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, not only for our drivers but also for our officers out on the road, protecting our residents.

Kevin Lystad

Miami Shores Police Chief , President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association

The Florida Sheriffs Association supports this legislation and hopes it will encourage drivers to focus on their responsibility to operate vehicles in a safe manner on Florida highways. Distracted driving is a serious public safety issue and hopefully this will send a message to the public that this is a traffic safety priority for law enforcement throughout the state.

Michael Adkinson

Walton County Sheriff , President of the Florida Sheriffs Association

The Florida Work Zone Safety Coalition would like to thank Senator Perry and all sponsors who are supporting this most important bill. Attentive driving is critical to ensuring everyone is safe on Florida’s roads, for both our construction workers and the traveling public. Because we know texting while driving is a proven hazard, all efforts to reduce it will improve safety on Florida’s roads.

Mark Marine

Chairman, Florida Work Zone Safety Coalition

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