Final Days of Session: Insurers Launch Video on Importance of Legislation to Combat Distracted Driving in Florida

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today launched a video calling on Floridians to tell their state lawmakers to support important legislation to combat distracted driving.  Please attribute the following statement to Logan McFaddin, regional manager for PCI.

“It is mind-boggling that Florida is facing some of the most dramatic increases in distracted driving-related crashes, yet is only one of four states that hasn’t already made texting while driving a primary enforcement law. 

“As a member of the FL DNT TXT N DRV Coalition, we hear far too many stories of families devastated from someone who is texting behind the wheel; that is why this session we are asking Florida lawmakers to pass a bill that will make texting while driving a primary offense.

“It is imperative that we institute policy changes needed to prevent hand-held technology from putting Florida families in more danger.”

Senate Bill 90 by Senator Keith Perry has stalled in its final committee of reference in the Senate, having passed its other three favorably.  A companion bill, House Bill 33 by Representative Jackie Toledo, has passed the full House and is in messages.

Click here to watch the video.

Save Lives in Florida: Senate Must Pass Distracted Driving Legislation

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It is mind-boggling that Florida is facing some of the most dramatic increases in distracted driving-related crashes, yet is only one of four states that hasn’t already made texting while driving a primary enforcement law.
Logan McFaddin, regional manager for PCI