Collier Sheriff launches anti-texting while driving campaign

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The Collier County Sheriff's Office has launched an anti-texting while driving campaign, aimed at making Florida the 40th state to ban the activity.

The Sheriff's Office calls "Stop Texting & Driving" a community-based, grassroots movement to raise awareness and collect signatures of residents favoring the ban. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk will deliver the petition to Tallahassee during the 2013 legislative session, which starts in March.

"Members of our community tell me almost daily that they want texting and driving to be illegal in Florida," Rambosk said in a statement. "We are partnering with them to help make this law a reality."

Sheriff's officials have created a page on their website, www.colliersheriff.org, devoted to information and statistics about texting while driving. Red wristbands with the words "I won't text and drive" will be distributed at community events and homeowners association meetings.

For the third straight session, state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has introduced legislation aimed at banning texting while driving. The infraction would be a secondary violation and carry a $30 fine under Detert's bill.

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