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In 2013, legislation on texting and driving?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Let's be honest: It's something just about all of us have done at least once or twice.

While behind the wheel, you respond to a quick text message. Right now, it's legal in Florida, but that could change this year.

It's not a new issue. In fact, it's been battled in the state for the past decade, but this year might just be the year Florida bans texting while driving, and here's why: House Speaker Dean Cannon, a Republican from Winter Park, has blocked several attempts on the ban.

He left his seat in November because of term limits, leaving some supporters of the ban saying this clears the way for legislation. Florida would become the nation's 40th state to prohibit texting while driving.

Some kind of ban on handheld devices has been proposed in every regular session in the Florida legislature since 2002. Over the years, it's been no problem finding drivers who admit to the habit.

"It's not like I'm like I'm going to get in the car and start texting," Erica Mackey said. "I mean, if people text me, sometimes I'm in the car for like 20 minutes, I'm not going to like wait 20 minutes to text them back. I mean, I try to do it at lights and stuff."

"Because I'm trying to get my message to somebody, and I have to get it quick," Rhonda Schroeder admitted.

According to AAA, a survey shows that about 87 percent of drivers support laws banning texting and driving. Most people surveyed said they prefer talking on the cell phone and could live without texting.

There are already new bills introduced for the 2013 session, which begins in March. It will again be an issued in Florida this year. 

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