Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lee MPO Board letter to Lee County Legislative Delegation on texting while driving ban legislation

At the February 19th MPO Board meeting, they approved sending a letter to the Lee County state legislative delegation in support of legislation to ban texting while driving.  Kudos to the Board for their leadership on this important safety issue!

Feb. 22, 2013
Re: MPO Board letter to Lee County Legislative Delegation
Members of Lee County Legislative Delegation:

As the Florida Legislature begins this legislative session, the Lee County MPO Board is writing to urge you  to pass legislation to address the growing problem of distracted driving, especially texting while driving. 

Florida is one of the most deadly states in the country for vulnerable road users--pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.  With the state reporting that drivers were distracted in 43% of Florida's fatal crashes, cracking down on texting while driving is a good place to start to make our streets safer. While 39 states have taken action to ban texting while driving, Florida is not among them.  We urge you to pass legislation this legislative session and add Florida to the list of states taking action to curb distracted driving.

The Lee MPO Board is committed to reducing the injuries and fatalities on Lee County roadways, and has recently undertaken the development of a comprehensive bike/ped safety action plan. We are collaborating closely with FDOT and its statewide initiative to reduce bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Florida, targeting the 10 most dangerous areas in Florida, including Lee County.

We urge you to enact legislation this session to address the growing problem of texting while driving.  We also encourage you to endorse  FDOT 's safety initiative and ensure that statewide, safety is the #1 transportation priority.

We look forward to working with you to make our roadways safer for all users.


Mayor Kevin Ruane, Chairman
Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization

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