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No Calls, No Texts, No Tweets, No Nothing While Driving? Florida Says 'No Way!'

The National Transportation Safety Board announced last week that it is calling for all 50 states to ban all cellphone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers. But Florida State Sen. Jack Latvala says if you want to take his cellphone from his car you'll need to "pry it from his cold dead hands." 

Latvala, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, told the St. Petersburg Times (while driving and talking on his cellphone, of course) that there is "absolutely no chance" Florida would ever ban the use of cellphones while driving. Indeed, Florida is currently just one of 15 states that has declined to even ban texting while driving. The Times reports that multiple bills intended to ban or limit texting while driving have been shot down by Florida lawmakers.

Other Florida lawmakers like State Rep. Jeff Brandes also oppose any ban on cellphones while driving, questioning how it could be enforced and suggesting that a ban would be reflective of a "nanny state." Latvala agrees with the "nanny state" charge, calling the NTSB proposal "another attempt by the Obama administration to control our lives."

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner says he would go along with a texting ban but draws the line at an all-out cellphone ban. Joyner says the NTSB may have used "scientific reasons" to arrive at this proposed ban, but the idea simply "will not play in Florida. People will not give up their phone while driving."

Your move, NTSB! Maybe you can push for a 49-state ban now?

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 19, 2011 at 03:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)


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