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State Sen. Maria Sachs Calls for Tougher Texting and Driving Law

In case you hadn't heard, Florida's texting while driving ban went into effect today. But as it stands, the law is kinda hard to enforce.

But on the day everything became official, Democrats and Republicans are coming together to call for a tougher law -- one that would actually make a difference.

See also: Texting and Driving Ban Begins Tuesday

State Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, held a news conference in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday to push a law that would go beyond the "secondary offense" that texting and driving is at the moment.

From the Sun Sentinel:

"It's a political question. I think now Florida is coming into its own. We have always been better than being one of the few states that would have no ban on texting while driving. I think now Florida is becoming a global leader," Sachs said. "I think now we have new people in the Legislature who reflect more the future of Florida, rather than the background of Florida, who are looking forward. And I know that this is a bipartisan issue. It's not Republican or Democrat. This is a Florida issue. It's about safety, and I think everyone's going to come behind it."

As it stands, cops aren't allowed to pull someone over just for texting and driving. A person will have had to be pulled over for some other road violation to be cited.

The chairman and chief executive of Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, Mike Jackson, is lending his influence and backing Sach's quest for a tougher law.

Sachs made plenty of GOP foes during the election, including being the target of fliers made by a conservative group posing as liberals.

But Jackson, a registered Republican, says he's been having dialogue with GOP leaders in Tallahassee about the texting and driving law. During the news conference, he praised Sachs and thanked her for representing Broward and Palm Beach.

He also gave the example of California's strict laws on texting and driving.

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