Gov. Rick Scott is coming to Miami for a ceremonial signing of the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, which he already signed into law in June. It’s a perfect time to take a ride and show your appreciation to the advocates who promoted the law, the legislators who adopted it, and the governor for signing it.
The new legislation will ramp up the penalty for drivers who flee the scene of an accident with injuries. The event will be held at Crandon Marina along the Rickenbacker Causeway, where Cohen was riding when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
The Miami Herald reports today that a bill to ban drivers text-messaging while driving is one of the popular measures that's unlikely to survive the Florida Legislature's frantic last week of the 2010 session. Please click here to let your own senator know that you support CS/SB448 and don't want it left behind. Tallahassee reporter John Frank writes that the logjam is about big-money bills on tax breaks and job creation. But it's like this every year: our Legislature rolls down to deadline with a ton of unfinished business. It's not like they couldn't have seen the texting bill coming; various senators tried last year and the year before to focus their colleagues' attention on the dangers of distracted driving.
Want to know more? You can read the Senate's staff analysis here.