Corcoran Backs Texting Bill

posted by Rick Flagg - 

A bill to crack down on Floridians who text behind the wheel picks up a major endorsement. 

Representative Richard Corcoran of Land O'Lakes ... the Speaker of the Florida House... says they're going to pass the bill because texting while driving is every bit as dangerous as driving under the influence.

"I think if you look at the total number of crashes and deaths that texting not only rivals drinking and driving, the lack of awareness and lack of discipline in not engaging in that behavior has literally become an epidemic in the state of Florida," he said.

Under current law, texting while driving is only a secondary offense and police can't stop you even if they see it happening. 

Corcoran says it should be a primary offense... which means the police don't need some other excuse to make a traffic stop and give you a ticket.

But members of the black caucus have serious doubts. 

They say they are concerned the anti-texting bill gives police one more excuse to make a traffic stop and they're concerned it will result in more profiling of black drivers by law enforcement.

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