JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lawmakers are urging teens to put down their phones and drive.
A state bill filed this week could ban drivers under the age of 18 from using their phones for any reason when behind the wheel.
Earlier this year, Florida banned texting for all drivers when a vehicle is moving, but some lawmakers now say that's not enough.
"I do answer the phone, but I have Bluetooth in my car so that kind of helps," said 17-year-old Alexandra Nicola.
She likes the no-texting rule, but thinks the idea of no phones at all is crossing the line.
"There are some times when you have an emergency and you need to answer the phone, and if you have the ability to answer it without it interfering with your driving then I think that should be O.K."
The Florida Sheriff's Association reports that teen-involved accidents have become a statewide epidemic and teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.
But Nicola says young drivers aren't the only ones to blame.
"They definitely need to look at the population above 18 also when they're making the rules about the phones and cars too."
A number of local law enforcement agencies tell Action News they fully support measures to prevent distracted driving but question how the ban would be enforced if the bill becomes law.
Lawmakers will consider the ban on teens and cell phones in the next legislative session.
The statewide ban on texting and driving for all ages goes into effect Oct. 1.