For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Contact
Keyna Cory, 850.566.9575, keynacory@paconsultants.com
Kristen Bridges, 850.545.1917, kristen@bascomllc.com

Texting While Driving Legislation Ready for House Floor

Tallahassee, Fla. – The FL DNT TXTNDRV COALITION, consisting of a group of law enforcement organizations, businesses and local governments supporting legislation to stop texting while driving, today applauded the Florida House State Affairs Committee for advancing House Bill 107, by Representative Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa), relating to Texting While Driving. HB 107 today passed its last committee of reference and is now ready for consideration by the full Florida House.

“Florida insurers applaud the members of the State Affairs Committee in the Florida House for advancing legislation today that will make our roads safer and save lives,” said Logan McFaddin, regional manager of state government affairs for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, a member of the FL DNT TXTNDRV COALITION. “The unfortunate reality is traffic deaths across the nation are increasing and Florida is one of eight states that has seen a 5.8 percent spike in fatalities in 2018, with driver behavior being one of the main reasons for lives lost in car crashes. This good public policy would go a step further in protecting Florida drivers and lowering insurance costs by making texting while driving a primary offense.” 

“It is humbling to have such strong support from the members of the Florida Legislature on legislation to help ban distracted driving,” said FL DNT TXTNDRV COALITION Coordinator Keyna Cory. “As of today, we have over 45 co-sponsors in the Florida House of Representatives and 10 co-sponsors in the Florida Senate. Support is growing for these life-saving bills, and we encourage the Legislature to keep the momentum going and pass Senate Bill 76 by Senator Simpson and House Bill 107 by Representatives Toledo and Slosberg.”

The comparable bill in the Senate, SB 76 by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby), is ready for its last committee of reference, the Senate Rules Committee.

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Please support
CS/SB 76 by Senator Simpson, Co-Sponsors: Cruz, Hooper, Mayfield, Passidomo, Perry, Rouson &Taddeo
&
HB 107 by Rep. Toledo & Slosberg, Co -Sponsors: Beltran, Caruso, Casello, Cortes, Duran, Eskamani, Gottlieb, Grieco, Hattersley, Joseph, Killebrew, Massullo, Jr., McClure, Overdorf, Polo, Polsky, Santiago, Smith (C), Stark, Stevenson, Thompson, Tomkow, Webb

“Florida Driving While Distracted Law”

Did you know …
    • Texting, posting and other phone distractions cause 1.6 million accidents per year,
       11 teen deaths each day and nearly 1,200 injuries each day.
    • Reading a text message while driving distracts a driver for about 5 seconds. In five seconds,
       at 55 mph you will cover the length of a football field as if blindfolded.
    • Texting while driving makes you 23X more likely to have a crash and teen drivers are four
      times more likely than adults to crash while texting.
    • Texting and driving is the equivalent of driving after having had four beers and you are six
       more times likely to cause an accident than driving while drunk.
    • 77 percent of adult drivers and 55 percent of teenage drivers say they can easily manage
       texting while driving.

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. That is why we are supporting SB 76 and HB 107 “Florida Driving While Distracted Law.” A hands-free law in the state of Florida is critical so that lives will be saved.

Currently there are 16 states that have enacted a “hands-free” law. The most recent state enacting the law was Georgia in 2018.

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.

Please support SB 76 by Simpson and HB 107 by Toledo so that Florida streets and highways can be safer for all!

For more information about the FL DNT TXT N DRV COALITION
Contact Keyna Cory – keynacory@paconsultants.com
(850) 566-9575

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i National Safety council www.nsc.org

ii Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research www.vtti.vt.edu

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Resolution No. 2019-2
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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)

Counties Date Adopted
Brevard August 8, 2017
Broward August 22, 2017
Calhoun July 25, 2017
Citrus August 8, 2017
Duval August 23, 2017
Franklin August 15, 2017
Glades August 8, 2017
Leon October 10, 2017
Levy August 8, 2017
Manatee July 25, 2017
Marion August 1, 2017
Martin September 26, 2017
Miami-Dade  October 3, 2017
Okaloosa January 3, 2018
Okechobee August 10, 2017

Cities

Date Adopted
City of Boca Raton July 25, 2017
City of Boyton Beach  August 15, 2017
City of Delray Beach August 2, 2017
City of Margate September 6, 2017
City of Marianna September 5, 2017
City Of Miami  July 12, 2017
City of Oldsmar October 3, 2017
City of Parkland August 16, 2017
Town of Ponce Inlet September 21, 2017
City of Weston August 21, 2017
City of Winter Haven October 24, 2017
   
Organizations  
FL Police Chiefs Assn. October 12, 2017

Members
of the Coalition

FL DNT TXT N DRIVE COALITION members include:

AARP

Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation – APB Foundation

Allstate

American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCI)

American Society of Safety Engineers

Asphalt Contractors Association

Audible Broadcasting

AutoNation

Bell Concrete Products

BETER Mix Inc

Bike/Walk Central Florida

Blue Zones Project of SWFL

Central Florida Expressway (CFX)

Chemours

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 Safety Council

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

Punta Gorda Police Department

Quality Block & Supply, Inc.

Quality Precast Co.

R & R Rebar Fabricators, Inc.

Republic Services

Sentry Insurance

Southwestern Suppliers, Inc.

Stopdistractions.org

Streets Alive of SWFL

The Blue Zones Project of SWFL

Town of Ponce Inlet

Town of Southwest Ranches

Uber

University of Florida Student Senate

USAA

Walk Bike Tampa

Walt Disney World Resort

 

For more information about the

FL DNT TXT N DRV COALITION

Contact Keyna Cory –

keynacory@paconsultants.com

(850) 566-9575

Quotes
from members

As advocates for the well-being of every child, the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) firmly believes that distracted driving, especially texting while driving, is a serious threat to the safety of children and youth. The number of teens dying every day as a result of this dangerous behavior is especially alarming. All drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and by making texting while driving a primary offense, there will be a more appropriate level of awareness and accountability. No text is worth the life of child.

Linda Kearschner

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. Wilton Simpson and Reps. Jackie Toledo & Emily Slosberg, who have been persistent, persuasive and ultimately successful in their fight for this legislation

Jeff Johnson

State Director, AARP

Not even the most sophisticated automobile safety features can protect us from some of the biggest hazards on the roads today, including the ubiquitous use of smartphones behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a leading cause of the rise in crashes. To reverse this trend, our driving habits and traffic laws must change. As we turn our focus to the 2019 legislative session, auto insurers will continue efforts with the FL DNT TXT N DRV Coalition to educate policymakers on the importance of instituting laws prohibiting distracted driving and keeping Florida roads safe.

Logan McFaddin

APCI - American Property Casualty Insurance Association

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

Nicole T. Newell

Florida Site Plant Manager, Chemours

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is fully supportive of a hands-free law 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 citizens.

David Perry

President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida State University Police Department

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.

Mark Hunter

Columbia County Sheriff, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association

The Florida Work Zone Safety Coalition would like to thank Senator Simpson 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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