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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Tell your little brothers and sisters to put down their cell phones and give their thumbs a break - at least while driving. Two Florida legislators want to ban minors from txting while driving. WTF doesn't that include every1?

There's no doubt the younger generation txts a lot more than our parents and seniors, but it's just as dangerous if u r 16 or 60. And that age range includes us college students.

A lot of us are guilty of it. Texting while zooming down the interstate at 80 mph. Not noticing cars braking at a stoplight because we were "LOL"-ing at something our friend sent us.

You may consider yourself a texting master, someone who could send an accurate text with no abbreviations or misspellings, with your eyes closed with one hand tied behind your back while standing on one foot.

But that doesn't make texting while driving any less dangerous, even if lawmakers aren't doing anything to stop the 18-and-up crowd from texting their BFFs. Adults can still crash into light poles, pedestrians or other cars if they are texting (and even if they aren't, for that matter).

Before the legislation passes through the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, it needs to be amended to ban everyone from texting while driving. State Sen. Carey Baker said that to text, we have to take both hands off the wheel and look down, but the bill he's sponsoring implies that adults are somehow more capable. Never mind that most 13-year-olds could text us under the table. Did they think, "Hey, they can't vote! Let's limit their rights"? We sure hope not.

But if the Legislature won't treat everyone equally in terms of texting, maybe we all just need to be smart enough to keep our hands off our cells and on the steering wheels.

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