Florida counties won't ban cell phones

| 4/30/2002

Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Thursday taking away the power of local governments to ban driving while using a cellphone. Under the new measure, only the state can regulate how cellphones are used while people drive their cars.

According to The Miami Herald, the bill was in response to the killing of a high school student by a drunken driver who was fumbling with a cellphone. County officials are angry over the decision not to let towns enforce their own rules.

''Once again our home-rule has been tampered with,'' said Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, who co-sponsored the bill with Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler.

"I guess we should expect it every time the county does something against special interests."