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Florida Among 20 States Proposing to Prohibit Driving While Talking on a Handheld Cell Phone

Florida is one of twenty states that has proposed legislation that would make it illegal to drive while talking on a handheld cell phone. Florida legislators cite evidence and articles suggesting that when a driver is talking on his/her cell phone, it can be as distracting and dangerous as a person driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. There are currently five states that have enacted a law banning handheld cell phone use while driving. Other states are also considering derivations of this law to ban driving while using a text message device and/or a hands free cell phone device.