Florida Lawmakers Approve A Ban on Texting While Driving
After years of trying, Florida lawmakers have approved a ban on texting while driving. The bill is watered down. Police can only use drivers' mobile phone records against them when texting causes a crash resulting in death or personal injury. In any case, the bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott.
In North Central Florida, AT&T employees educated students at Buchholz High School about the dangers of texting and driving. They say teenagers are especially at risk because texting is their number one form of communication.
Students watched a documentary about people who had been in a texting-related accident. One woman died reading four letters -- "yeah." Students also experienced the first-hand dangers with a virtual reality simulator.
"You can see on their faces immediately how their demeanor changes. How they realize oh my gosh, that could be me. Then when they try the stimulator themselves or when they see one of their peers try it and fail miserably, they usually leave with a completely different attitude," Michele Money-Carson (AT&T Public Relations Manager) said.
AT&T representatives say phone apps like DriveMode automatically sends a text message to let people know when you're driving.
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