The American Automobile Association, Triple-A, is launching a massive campaign to break the legislative logjam over banning texting while driving.
"I have never seen Triple-A come out so strongly on anything, as it is on this issue," said Marsha Kut, travel manager for AAA in Fort Myers. "We feel a lot of lives can be saved."
But those words are not convincing Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Ft. Lauderdale). She is chairman of a committee that is holding up the ban. She has refused to authorize it for a hearing, much less move it to the floor of the House in Tallahassee. The Fla. Senate has passed the ban, but without the house, the bill will die.
"I believe it is not right to single out this one negative activity, when there are many other things that drivers do, that can prove dangerous," said Bogdanoff.
Triple-A is urging members to call her office, and that of the house speaker, and urge them to bring the bill to the house floor. WINK News called Bogdanoff's office late Wednesday, and a staff person told us: they've had some calls about the ban, but not an overwhelming number.
The staffer said, there is no move to bring the bill to the house floor, meaning it most likely is dead for this year.
23 states and the Dist. of Columbia ban texting while driving.