Congress Wishes to Penalize States that Allow Texting While Driving
A congressional plan to ban texting while driving could cost Florida more than $300 million. The legislation would penalize states without a ban by withholding 25 percent of their federal highway funds, according to the Capitol News Service.
State lawmakers have already responded with a bill against driving while texting.
People who text while driving are 20 times more likely to wreck. Fourteen states have already banned texting while driving, but not Florida.
Congressional legislation would penalize states without a ban by withholding 25 percent of their federal highway funding. Doug Callaway, president of Floridians for Better Transportation, said that’s not fair.
“The money we are talking about is our money," Callaway said. "Those are our state gas tax dollars that are sent to Washington and should be returned to improve transportation in Florida.”
Lawmakers have two years to pass the texting ban before being penalized. Legislation to ban texting while driving failed in the state legislature last year, but a new bill has already been filed.
For three straight years, legislation to ban texting while driving has failed in Florida.
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