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For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2012
Media Contact:
Rosa Quiroz

Commissioner Rebeca Sosa sponsors a resolution urging a ban on texting while driving

Concerned with the safety of all residents, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa has sponsored a resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on September 6, 2012, urging the Florida Legislature to ban texting while driving.

According to a June 2011 national survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation, 94 percent of drivers consider texting while driving a serious threat; nonetheless, more than one third of drivers admit to reading a text message or email while driving in the past 30 days and more than a quarter of drivers admit to sending a message while driving in the past month. In December 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board urged all U.S. states to ban drivers from using electronic devices while driving, including text messaging, after several investigations found that texting was a leading contributor to accident related fatalities.

Florida is one of only six states that has not imposed a ban on texting while driving, whether for all drivers or limited groups of motorists. Commissioner Sosa hopes for the adoption of this resolution during the Florida Legislature's 2013 session.

"Texting while driving continues to pose a threat to the residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County," said Commissioner Sosa. "I hope our State Legislators seize the opportunity and adopt this resolution which will bring our Florida Traffic Laws up to date with new technology."

For more information on this resolution, please contact Commissioner Sosa's office at 305-267-6377.