Collier County Sheriff wants to ban text messaging while driving
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NAPLES, Fla.- Put down the cell phone! That is the message Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is trying to get across to drivers. The Sheriff's Office launching an initiative to get a law passed that would ban texting.
The Sheriff wants Florida to join the other 39 states that have made it illegal for drivers to text message behind the wheel.
On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office launched a public service announcement and is encouraging people to go to www.colliersheriff.org and sign an "action form." He will then take those signatures to the Florida legislature next session in January.
Kristin Murphy, a mom who lost her daughter in an accident involving a distracted driver, is also behind this campaign.
"Parents should ask themselves when their child leaves with the car keys or car, is it the last time I might see them? Maybe, cause their child was texting or they hit something or caused an accident that kills themselves," said Murphy.
"Texting and driving takes away your attention from the roadway," adds Sheriff Rambosk.
The Sheriff's Office adds 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident they can safely text while driving. Statistics show text messaging makes a crash up to 23x more likely.