Texting Awareness Applauds Florida’s Message: Don’t Text and Drive

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Texting Awareness, a non-profit organization committed to spreading awareness about the risks of texting while driving, reacts to a WCTV article on Florida’s message “Don’t text and drive,” with recent legislation pushing for a ban against texting while driving.

On March 14, Texting Awareness, a non-profit organization devoted to educating people on the dangers of texting while driving, commends the message of legislation in Florida pushing for a ban against texting and driving.

According to WCTV, “For the sixth year in a row, legislation is being introduced to make it a non moving traffic violation to text while driving[;] getting caught would result in a thirty dollar fine.”

However, the legislation faces resistance from lawmakers who say that the ban is redundant, since texting while driving should technically fall under the extant category of “careless driving,” a crime for which the article claims 170,000 people were arrested last year.

Nevertheless, Florida State Representative Doug Holder is determined to pass the ban. “There are eleven teenagers that die every day in United States from texting while driving,” Holder said. “Twenty-five percent of all accidents are now attributed to texting while driving.”

Holder's message is clear: don't text and drive. The article reports that texting while driving has been shown to be “23 times more dangerous” than driving undistractedly.

Rocco Panetta, Texting Awareness spokesperson, applauds Holder’s efforts and says, “Texting while driving is a serious issue that affects thousands of people each year and we commend Representative Holder’s tenacity because his commitment shows everyone this issue is important. His persistence in pushing for this legislation is an inspirational example that calls more attention to this problem than any ban ever could on its own. Raising awareness is instrumental to this campaign. We must all set an example in whatever small way we are able. The number of annual deaths due to distracted driving is rising every year – this is the number one killer of our youth.”

The Texting Awareness Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was created to remind and educate people about the dangers of texting and driving. Our goal is to keep the public informed, on a daily basis, of the possible legal and physical (body and property) dangers of texting and driving. Our “Remind You” campaign is designed to reduce accidents simply by raising awareness.


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