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Florida Politician Wants 30 Year Jail Terms for Texting While Driving

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The US State of Florida is debating a new distracted driving law that could see motorists sent to jail for 30 years if they kill someone while sending a text message.

The bill, which has been proposed by Rep. Irv Slosberg, will go to a final vote in the state House of Representatives this week.

He is pushing for legislation that will see the maximum possible sentence for texting while driving, and causing a fatal accident to 30 years, although the real sentences are often much lower.

"It's almost as bad as being drunk when you're texting and driving. You're 27 times more likely to have a crash," said Slosberg.

Slosberg says if the bill doesn't pass this year he will address it again next year.

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