'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Lee Sheriff Mike Scott ... Ban on texting while driving

NewsMakers: Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

Sheriff talks ban on texting while driving.

Naples city politics, a ban on texting while driving and what’s brewing with the local tea party are all topics on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle” program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Phil Lewis, editor of the Naples Daily News and filling in for Lytle, interviews Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Naples Tea Party spokesman Chuck Marshall.

Text and video highlights are available at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

Lewis: Sheriff, I have another question for you. It’s kind of related to what’s going on in Tallahassee, and that’s talking about cell phone legislation, or should it be a law in Florida to prevent you from driving and also texting?

Scott: Well, I believe it should. Absolutely, I support that a hundred percent. Although I like to mention to people that cell phones, while they’re a huge distraction, are not the only distraction. You have to be careful throwing laws at things.

For example, the No. 3 combo meal, let’s say, at any one of your fast food restaurants. That’s a big distraction — breakfast, lunch and dinner. People are juggling food as they’re driving down the road.

Lewis: There’s already laws on the books for reckless driving.

Scott: Correct.

Lewis: So why do we need one for texting while you’re driving?

Scott: Careless and reckless driving would cover that. And you’re correct in that. Texting specifically though is something we can prove and backtrack, that the person while texting couldn’t have possibly been watching the road.

It could be argued that while they’re eating their sandwich they were watching the road, etc.

So texting is a documented piece of evidence post crash, let’s say, that we can go and look at and examine the telephone and say, yes, at the time of the impact, based on the black box in the car and/or witness’ statement, etc.

Lewis: Sheriff, thank you.

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