|Published:||Mar 07, 2013 5:37 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 07, 2013 6:07 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "Driving is not a right, it's a privilege, and it's granted by the state that they are from and there are administrative rules to keep the rest of us safe," said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said one of the strongest ways to keep residents safe is by getting people to focus on the roads and stay off their cell phones.
"I think there's no reason why we can't wait until you're stopped to text, there's nothing that important," he said.
He said what is important: a bill currently making its way through the hands of Florida lawmakers. If it passes, it would make texting and driving illegal. And Sheriff Rambosk said Collier residents feel strongly about it.
"We have continued support right from the very beginning from residents."
Senate Bill 52 would make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means drivers must be caught doing something else, like running a red light, before officers can add on a texting violation. The Sheriff wants to see even tougher regulations.
"To where we really need to go is hands-free operations. This is a great first step if it all passes. But really as technology improves in vehicles, we have to pay attention to what we're going to doing in cars, how we're going to be doing it," said Sheriff Rambosk.
But he adds it may first take a cultural change to get there.
"Young people today are more in-tuned with using a cell phone for texting than they are than using a phone verbally for example."