CREATED May. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- It is time to ditch those phones while driving. The days of legally being able to text behind the wheel are numbered. Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott will sign a bill banning the use of smart phones for texting, emailing and instant messaging while driving.
Mike Parrish said he's guilty of using his cell phone in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I do text people and I shouldn't while they're driving but they will not answer me when driving." Parrish said.
He said it is a sure sign when someone's eyes are on a screen instead of the streets.
"All over the road just not paying attention to what is around." Parrish said.
Carol Braun said reading texts and sending emails is a huge driving distraction that is a recipe for disaster.
" It is very dangerous especially when you're driving at high speeds. It is difficult to see the phone. I have trouble seeing so I have to look at it very closely and obviously I wouldn't be looking at the road then." Braun said.
In a statement sent Monday, Governor Scott said "The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the deadliest on the roads for teenagers, I cannot think of a better time to officially sign this bill into law".
But, to be cited for texting and driving you have to be pulled over for something else. Some drivers said that might be tricky to ticket.
"It might be hard to enforce because you'd have to almost catch them doing it but I think their driving might be a sign they aren't paying attention." Carol Braun said.
Until now, Florida was only one out of 11 states that hadn't already banned texting while driving. If caught, you now face a 30 dollar fine.