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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!"

(Photo from carenvy.ca)

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


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