President, Personal Insurance Federation of Florida
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PIFF STATEMENT SUPPORTING PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT OF TEXTING AND DRIVING BAN
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 22, 2017) – The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) today issued the following statement regarding its support of SB 144 filed by Senator Rene Garcia and co-sponsored by Senator Daphne Campbell.
“Today the Senate Transportation Committee supported making Florida’s ban on texting and driving law a primary offense for all drivers. Like the bill sponsor, PIFF members recognize that the driver, not the law, has the ultimate power to increase road safety by refraining from texting and driving; however, making texting and driving a primary offense will help change the behavior of drivers like the 2009 Florida seat belt law did,” said PIFF Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Samantha Sexton.
The National Traffic Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributes thousands of crash-related deaths each year to distracted driving, yet the Florida Legislature has taken minimal steps to reduce distracted driving.
PIFF supports meaningful efforts to increase road safety for Floridians and visiting tourists alike.
The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida was formed in late 2010 with three charter members: Allstate and Castle Key Insurance Companies, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, and State Farm Insurance Companies, to create a dynamic, efficient, and competitive marketplace for personal insurance products for the benefit of all Floridians. PIFF charter members serve 45 percent of the automobile insurance market and more than 20 percent of the homeowners’ property insurance market.