Please sign our petition to make texting and driving a primary offense in the state of Florida. Together, we can influence Florida legislation to save more lives and make our roads a safer place for everyone.
On November 7th, 2014, a distracted driver killed my son, Anthony Branca. Anthony was only 19 years old. He was killed because someone else chose to make driving less than important. In an instant, Anthony was gone.
- Distracted driving is the leading cause of death among teenagers (surpassing drunk driving) and the numbers are trending upward.
- Distracted driving crashes made up more than 12 percent of all crashes in Florida in 2015.
- Drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices increased from 1.7% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014.
Currently, it is only a secondary offense to text & drive in the state of Florida. Meaning, you must be doing something else illegal (like speeding or running a red light) for a law enforcement officer to pull you over for texting & driving.
We need help from our elected officials to enact a primary offense law that prevents senseless road tragedies from occurring to other families.
The Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation was created in memory of Anthony. We’re starting a revolution to end distracted driving… We’re waging war and building a #BandanaArmy of citizens to help us end distracted driving, #BecauseAnthony. Join the fight, visit our website.
Re: Support Anti-Texting & Driving Legislation in Florida
On November 7th, 2014, 19-year-old Anthony Branca was killed by a distracted driver in Tallahassee, Florida. In an instant, those who knew him lost a son, brother, mentor, and best friend – all because one driver chose to take his eyes off of the road. The unavoidable truth is that this senseless and very preventable crash erased the bright and promising future that lay ahead of Anthony.
The Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation is a grassroots assembly of concerned citizens all over the state of Florida, fighting to end distracted driving and make our roads a safer place for everyone. I am contacting you today to voice my support toward anti-texting and driving legislation in the state of Florida.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles states that “distracted driving crashes in Florida have increased 25 percent since 2012.” These are more than just statistics – these are real people in our community!
I am requesting your attention and support on legislative bills that would make texting and driving laws in the state of Florida a primary offense. This would put Florida in line with the 41 other states that have made texting and driving a primary offense.
Currently, Florida law only allows officers to cite drivers for texting and driving if they have been pulled over for another offense, an ineffective and unenforceable law.
It is so important that we send a clear message to Floridians that texting and driving is dangerous and unacceptable. Making texting and driving a primary offense is the first step in decreasing the number of preventable traffic fatalities.
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