State Representative Doug Holder, a Republican from Sarasota, today filed a bill to ban driving while texting. This is the third year Holder has filed the bill and he vows to "continue to do so to keep the issue in the forefront."
A similar measure is pending in Congress. Holder says that 14 other states have passed related legislation and "it is time that we have the debate in the Florida House.”
He's hoping that a new report by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and recent news articles about it, will increase the heat. The study concluded that if you are texting while driving you increase your chances of having a crash by 23 times.