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PolitiFact Florida: Doug Holder's stat for crashes caused by texting too high

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Rep. Doug Holder, R-Venice, rattled off grim statistics in effort to persuade fellow lawmakers to approve his bill (HB 13) that would penalize texting while driving.

"Nearly 25 percent of all automobile accidents are caused by texting while driving," he said at a meeting last week.

That seemed like a lot of crashes, so PolitiFact Florida checked it out. We found this figure overestimates the number of collisions caused by texting.

Holder told us he was so focused on making eye contact with members of the committee that he took his eyes off of his notes and misquoted the stat.

Read on for our story and Truth-O-Meter rating.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:18am]

    

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