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‘Designated Texter’ Campaign Launches for Those Physically Incapable of Not Texting While Driving

Or you could just like, not text for a hot min.
(Photo: Mike Luckovich/Frugal Cafe)

(Photo: Mike Luckovich/Frugal Cafe)

Do you enjoy rolling the window down while driving to catch the breeze in your hair? Hooking your iPhone up to the car stereo so you can enjoy the complex musical stylings of 2 Chainz? What about prioritizing sending a text message over other people’s safety?

If so, you’re in luck: the “designated texter” campaign, launched in Florida, could help you send your undoubtedly very important text and not accidentally kill anybody in a car accident. It’s a win/win!

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has launched an initiative that aims to keep kids from texting while driving. But instead of training them to take a break from their phones for seriously 10 minutes that’s how far away the mall is c’mon, or just flat out banning texting while driving altogether, the authority has announced the “designated texter” campaign, which encourages the person in the passenger’s seat to field and respond to any texts that flash on the driver’s screen.

Of course, if you don’t want your passenger seeing all your sexts, this is not the campaign for you.

Florida is one of only a few states that still hasn’t banned texting while driving, so the Expressway Authority is hoping this move could begin to instigate change at a state-wide level. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into another Florida Man situation.

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