Texting While Driving Remains Perfectly Legal in Florida

Back when word came last year that there would be another bill filed in the Florida Senate to ban texting while driving we wondered why MSMing was being singled out when technology allows us about a million and one ways to distract ourselves while we should be keeping our eyes on the road. 

If we're updating our Twitter status while driving, does that count? What about checking our email? Playing a game of solitaire? Can we take pictures on our camera phones as long as we don't immediately text them to someone?... How about we just ban everything but driving while driving?

Well, South Florida Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) killed the bill today for that reason.

"There are a number of things people do in their car that is distracting," she said. "The question is how do we treat these distractions?"

So, some sort of distracted driving bill might come up in the future. Sometimes when something is about to become illegal, we tell you to get your fill while you still can, but honestly, people, use some common sense and keep your eyes on the road. 

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