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Bill would ban teens from using phones while driving

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Updated: 8/20/2013 11:45 pm
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.

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Truthseeker - 8/21/2013 5:52 PM
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I'm almost 62 years old and I think the law should apply to all drivers regardless of age. The older people with a cell phone plaster to their heads are no less dangerous than the teens. We also need to address the police officers who are using their laptops while driving. Distracted drivers are dangerous divers regardless of who they are or how old they are.

RCook - 8/21/2013 1:21 PM
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This Bill should'nt be just aimed towards teens. I am a 30 year old female, and I see A LOT of people of many ages all over the roads using cell phones. Drivers that go 20 mph under the speed limit because they are so foucsed on the phone, drivers on the wrong side of the road, this is not just a "teen" problem.

Realchange - 8/21/2013 11:09 AM
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Another freedom being taken away. Don't forget police can text, make calls and drive if they hit someone and cause accident they get off scot free no points no charges. It's getting bad in USA so bad we need to do like honest Russians do and start mounting dash cam's to record accidents. BTW some of us drivers have better training than police about texting and driving or using a communication device at the same time. We received that training in the military. I would be ok with a ban if it included police as well but it will not. See certain class of people are above the law and will continue to be.

GradwNoMny - 8/21/2013 9:00 AM
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The adults are worse.
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