TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Across the country, 32 states ban texting while driving. But after previously failed attempts to pass similar laws in Florida, lawmakers may have reached a compromise.
Under a bill currently awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's signature, drivers education instructors would be required to teach students the dangers of texting and driving before issuing learners permits.
Critics say it's not enough to improve safety on Florida roads, but supporters of the bill say it's a start.
Some insurance agencies already require new drivers to undergo additional instruction on the dangers of texting and driving. State Farm Insurance even offers young drivers a discount if they pass a safety course and stay out of trouble with the law.
The bill requiring educational courses for people applying for a learners permit is on the governor’s desk. He is expected to sign it.