Editorial / Polls: Texting and driving ... new law alone won’t stop danger

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Text-messaging while driving would be illegal if a proposal to that effect passes through the Florida Legislature in the next few months.

While we suspect such a law would be hard to enforce, the danger is so clear and the goal so important that it is worth the effort.

Most corrective change, we believe, comes from individuals’ choices — made after weighing pros and cons.

We would hope that texting — as well as making phone calls, applying makeup and even eating or reading while driving — will eventually come to be considered as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Distractions are impairments, too.

If a law can nudge motorists toward awareness of that, mission accomplished. So many states have such laws on the books already, Florida might be in an awkward spot without one.

Still, let lawmakers proceed realistically. While champions of a texting ban may score easy political points, it will be up to all of us to decide to actually do the right thing. We wield the power on this one.

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