Florida texting ban: a good law done wrong?

Florida texting ban:  a good law done wrong?

Orlando Property Manager

Florida texting ban:  a good law done wrong?

Shhhhh!  I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  Florida’s ban on texting while driving goes into effect this Tuesday, October 1st.

As the following story indicates, Florida’s commitment to what at one point seemed like a mighty fine idea can only be characterized as suspect at best.  Technically known is Florida’s statutes as F.S. 316.05- the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law“, it seems this act of legislative greatness has lost its luster.

http://www.bradenton.com/2013/09/20/4727594/state-wont-promote-new-texting.html

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve known this law was going into effect for some time now, and I’ve been saying to myself that this is one dang law that’ll be tough for me to live by.  Not proud of having a certain inclination to text from time to time- just telling the truth.

So…Florida legislature and Governor Rick Scott, a couple of questions:

1)  How is this law- called “toothless” by many due to the intended enforcement of it as only a secondary driving violation- supposed to motivate me and others to change our ways?

and

2)  How can a law be effective if folks aren’t aware of it?  “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” will always prevail in traffic court, to be sure- but is it all that wacky to think a big public safety-type law such as this deserves a bit more publicity?  Just sayin’…

Maybe it is wacky- and a weak law is simply getting the weak kickoff it deserves.

Florida texting ban:  good law done wrong?

Dennis B. Burgess
Leasing Consultant and Business Developer
Licensed Florida and Alabama Realtor

Legends Realty
290 Waymont Court, Suite 100
Lake Mary, FL 32746

dennisburgess@legendsre.com

www.centralflrentals.com

Direct/Cell/Fax- 407-278-1240
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About Dennis Burgess

Dennis B. Burgess Property Manager Licensed Florida Realtor Dennis B. Burgess Licensed Florida Realtor/Property Manager 2016 ORRA Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman 2016 ORRA Property Management Council Chairman The Real Estate Firm of Orlando 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Ste #146 Orlando, FL 32819 Cell: 205-445-4755 Office: 407-581-5550 Fax: 407-581-5551 dburgess@reforlando.com www.reforlando.com Twitter: @orlrentals Turning vacant into occupied, and "houses" into "homes"
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