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Lawmaker aims to keep teens from texting while driving



Texting-while-driving Pasco high schools have grown so concerned about student safety while driving that they've required teens to attend a Safe Behind the Wheel program before receiving a school parking pass.

Now Pasco lawmaker Rep. John Legg, who heads the House Pre-K-12 Policy Committee, is urging his colleagues to take the idea a step further by banning texting while driving. He's failed to pass such legislation in the past. This time, Legg is using visuals to press the issue.

In an e-mail to all House members, Legg linked to a gruesome, graphic 4-minute video reenactment of a crash caused by a teen who was checking her text messages while driving a car. He then wrote:

" 'The right to swing your fist ends where the other persons nose begins.' ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Supreme Court Justice.

"Currently, 17 states and DC restrict texting and driving.  Please help save lives and let us make Florida number 18 this session!"

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:33am]


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