JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A new plan in Florida aims to crackdown heavily on teen texting and driving.
Lexi Williams can't wait to get her driver's license. She's just a few days away from turning 16 and getting full driving privileges of dad's truck. She'll have to leave her cell phone on the seat when she's driving.
A new bill working its way through the state senate wants to punish drivers under 18 if they're caught using their cell phone behind the wheel.
"It's as simple as you see the light go off and you say I have to check it," said Williams.
Checking it could get a teen driver a 30 suspension of their license. Our cameras found plenty of people using their phones around the roadways. We did some research and found the statistics can be pretty scary for any driver. According to texting and driving statistics, 52 percent of kids say they've talked on the phone while driving and 34 percent have texted.
While the numbers are scary, the question is, will this stop teens from reaching to check their phones. "I think it's a good thing because it'll save people from accidents," said Williams.
Right now it's just a proposal. It would also mean 16- and 17-year-old drivers couldn't drive around with four or more of their friends under 18 in the car, unless they're relatives.