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What new ‘no texting and driving’ law means to Emily Slosberg

State Rep. Emily Slosberg lost her twin sister Dori in a car crash when they were 14.

She survived, but five teens were killed on Palmetto Park Road on Feb. 23,1996. She and her dad, former state rep Irv Slosberg, formed Dori Saves Lives. The foundation works with schools and law-enforcement on traffic safety and distracted driving.

Q: When will House Bill 107 go into effect in Florida?

A: It has an effective date of July.

Q: Are you surprised this happened and that Gov. DeSantis signed it?

A: YES! But long overdue.

Q: Did you have to water it down?

A: I originally filed it as a handsfree. The compromise was making school zones and active construction zones handsfree zones. It is a compromise.

 Q: Will Dori Saves Lives have a training and awareness for law-enforcement?

A: Irv and the foundation are working on training and awareness campaigns. All studies show that it takes both strict legislation and awareness campaigns to save lives on our roadways. Legislation is critical, but so is awareness/education.

Q: Were you the major sponsor and when was the bill first introduced?

A: I am a major sponsor/primary cosponsor of the bill. And I have filed it every year since I was elected [in 2016]. I filed it as a general bill, a local bill, a local bill in school zones, an amendment, an amendment in school zones, even called for special session.

By Marci Shatzman

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