JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Shelia French's life will never be the same after someone texting while driving crashed into her vehicle nine years ago.
"He wasn't paying attention, and I was in the right," she said. "I was doing 45 mph, and he was coming this way and turned right in and ran me into a telephone poll," she said.
Nine years later, French is still recovering from severe injuries to her foot and can't stand for more than five minutes at a time.
"I had 17 surgeries," she said."I don't have any heel or ankle."
French hopes a new bill to be signed by Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday will protect other motorists. The legislation bans texting while driving.
"It's a good tool to keep people safe," said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.
Leeper knows his way around the beltway because he also used to work for the Florida Highway Patrol. He says he's seen far too many crashes caused by distracted driving.
He says police won't be able to pull you over specifically for typing and receiving messages behind the wheel. The ban will be enforceable as a secondary offense.
"You have to commit some other traffic offense before you can be cited for that," he said. "We see those who do text and drive speeding, driving too slow, weaving in and out of their lanes, driving too closely, just simply not paying attention to what they're doing," he said.
French says the new law isn't strict enough but she says it's a step in the right direction.
"Nothing is more important than driving safe," she said.
The law doesn't prohibit texting while at a red light or using talk-to-text features.
The fine for a first violation will be $30.