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Fla. lawmaker proposes cell phone ban for teen drivers

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Driving down the highway, it doesn't take long to find someone talking on their phone or distracted while driving.
 
That has prompted Rep. Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, to file a bill that would prohibit young Florida drivers under the age of 18 from talking on the phone while driving in addition to texting.
 
"Minors should not be on their telephone, period -- whether it's texting or whether its talking," Slosberg said.
 
In the case of an emergency, minors would have to pull to the side of the road to call someone, but Slosberg says even talking on headsets or Bluetooth devices while driving, would also be prohibited.
 
"We just don't need minors on their cellphone.  They're just learning how to drive, and it's dangerous out there," Slosberg said.
 
The bill comes on the heels of a texting while driving ban in Florida that goes into effect in October.  Some parents say this new bill would give them even more peace of mind.
 
"I think it's a wonderful idea.  I think it should be the law across the land," said Rick Solis.  "Most of the time, when anybody gets in an accident, there's somebody usually texting or talking on their phone."
 
"I think teens haven't been driving long enough or some of us haven't been driving long enough and it's not a good idea to talk and drive," said Susan Wonderlake.
 
Even a few teenagers we spoke thought the law would drive home safety for a generation glued to their cellphones.
 
"People my age, they're trying to go places, talk to people, do things, socialize," said Patrick Thornton.  "I don't think they take the time to stop and drive and get to where they need to be."
 
Lawmakers say the penalty for violating the law haven't been established yet,  if passed the law would go into effect in January of 2015.

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