Brett Favre cuts PSA warning against distracted driving in Florida


While distracted driving from smartphone use is leading to even more car accidents and deaths, Florida remains one of only four states in the U.S. where texting-while-driving is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers can just cite a motorist if they’ve committed another moving violation.

Legislation making way through the Florida Legislature this Session could change that, but in the meantime, NFL legend Brett Favre is taking to the airwaves to warn Floridians of the dangers of such proclivity.

The former Green Bay Packer and Minnesota Viking Hall-of-Fame quarterback recorded a public service announcement produced by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the Florida Farm Bureau.

“As a quarterback in the NFL, if I didn’t stay focused, I ended up on my back or worse. Even the smallest distraction could make a good play or offensive drive come to an end,” Favre says in the 60-second video. “When you’re in a car, the smallest distraction could end much more than a drive; it could end someone’s life. Just like I refused to lose on the field, I refuse to lose someone I love to distracted driving, and you should too.”

According to research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving increased the risk of a crash or near-crash twofold, with drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds.


“It’s time for Florida to join the 46 other states who have already made texting while driving a primary offense,” said Logan McFaddin, regional manager of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). “This issue has already impacted too many families and could easily be remedied; this session is the time to end texting while driving and save lives.”

Last year, a study released by auto insurance firm EverQuote ranked Florida second-worst in the nation for distracted driving.

You can view the PSA by clicking here.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • Mark Brisson

    February 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While Florida may seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that Florida has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn