Last week, Parkland’s City Commission voted unanimously to approve a ban on text messaging while driving within Parkland city limits. The ban was prompted by a recent Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that found drivers who text while behind the wheel are 23 times as likely to be involved in a car accident compared to other drivers. Commissioner Jared Moskowitz reportedly proposed the ban.
Florida drivers face a $100 fine for texting while driving, but on-duty police and fire officials are exempt. However, deputies are currently issuing warnings while the city awaits a ruling from the state Attorney General’s Office on the legality of a text messaging ban.
Some believe that text messaging while driving as is dangerous as drunk driving or DUI, especially for younger, less experienced drivers.
Parkland bans texting while driving, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 7, 2009
Florida could ban texting while driving, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 26, 2009.
Contact a Broward County traffic attorney with questions on your legal rights as a driver.