In Which the Legislature Saves Us From Texters With Cars

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Big news from State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood): Legislation she originated in SB 758, which addresses the terrible dangers of texting while driving, has passed through the chambers and now awaits the governor's signature in Tallahassee.

It's a no-frills kind of bill, running a good deal less than 400 words, which mandates that drivers' ed courses -- those for new drivers as well as drivers in need of a refresher -- teach students why and how not to use handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle. Sobel announced her victory with this triumphal sound bite:

We have done a great job teaching drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. Texting while driving and talking on a cell phone are just as dangerous, and it is time we make that perfectly clear to Florida's drivers.

Which sounds awesome! Except that when you're driving, your beer doesn't start chirping and demanding to be drunk lest you miss an urgent message from your spouse, kid, or employer. If it did, you wouldn't care what the law said -- you'd answer the damned beer. Legislation isn't gonna defeat the danger of behind-the-wheel texting. Only better airbags can do that.

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LocalDude
LocalDude

Does anyone seriously think they can drive while talking on the phone, let alone texting, as well as they can with no distractions?

would you want your doctor operating on you while on the phone?

how about a dentist, or anyone with your life in their hands...

get real, in europe, its illegal to talk on the phone while driving, because when they test reactions, its about like having a .08 BAC.  in other words you drive on the phone about as well as you would after 2 drinks.

SonOfLamdirti
SonOfLamdirti

I am arresting kids at my school for texting and driving 

Steve-O
Steve-O

Rick Scott isn't gonna sign this faggoty piece of legislation.

dennisbedard
dennisbedard

 What about listening to my Ipod or eating a sandwich?  

Parkland man
Parkland man

Keep texting in cars lawyers do it all the time gives them a chance to wreck and get hurt

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

LittleBrain: According to the Broward Clerk of Courts, you seem to adore attorneys. You keep hiring one everytime you or your company are sued.

And that appears to be quite often.

P.S. Don't you have a contract to breach or something?

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey that's why I don't like them and if you look hard I'm 45 wins and 1 or 2 looses and a tie and that's in a court room on the street I have a much better record,I knocked out many of them fn sb, and when you ever make big money over 5 million a year watch these scumbags come running for you,I'm going to punish them fn lowlifes,for stealing.

Nick Navarro
Nick Navarro

Actually, what you are known for around town isn't all that, shall we say, altruistic.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey nick u sound like you don't know what your talking about I raised million for the old people,president of ne vocal point 15 years,Marty was part of steve Gonot look how good he's doing going to jail where he belongs,and to this day I'm friends with Marty,he's wife comes to the center everyday.when it comes to older people parkland man took great care of them.I'm well know for that.

Nick Navarro
Nick Navarro

You mean like Commissioner Marty Popelsky of Deerfield?  He's on old man.  Way to go tough guy.  you beat up a senior citizen.

Eleanor Sobel is a WHORE.
Eleanor Sobel is a WHORE.

Eleanor Sobel is a WHORE of the medical lobby.  Crooked crooked crooked.  And to crow about some stupid texting bill while the whole state is falling about.  BFD Eleanor....go take another million from the lobby and wash up aftewards --- you still won't get the stains out. 

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