A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that would toughen penalties for people who cause fatal accidents while texting behind the wheel.
Drivers are going to have to be more patient before firing off a text or email while behind the wheel. A new law that went into effect on Tuesday makes it illegal to text while driving.
Starting Tuesday, it will be illegal to text while driving. Last May, Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s texting and driving ban into law in Miami.
A proposed statewide ban on texting while driving may have been run off the road in the state legislature.
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – After clearing its final committee hurdle on Monday, a bill that would ban texting while driving is headed to the Senate floor.
Both the Senate version of the bill and House version, which is going to the floor there, make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means police would have to stop a driver for a primary offense before they could be cited for texting while driving.
A first time violation would be a $30 fine plus court costs. Drivers caught again within five years would be hit with a $60 fine and three points on their license.
“Hopefully, we’ve gone beyond public support into public frustration that we haven’t passed something,” said Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, the bill’s sponsor. “I think this is the year.”
In the past four years, texting ban bills have failed under Republican opposition due to government intrusion concerns.
A bill banning texting while driving was approved in its first committee Wednesday, but with exceptions.
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A controversial bill which would have banned texting while behind the wheel went nowhere fast during the last legislative session which ended on Friday. While the measure gained some traction in the […]
Proposals which would ban texting while driving have made some progress in the state Senate but have gone nowhere in the House.
If you’ve driven the savage streets of South Florida, you’ve been behind a driver more focused on their cell phone than on driving. Now, the NTSB wants to put a stop to that.
State Senator Nancy Detert (R-Venice) hopes the third time will be the charm as she sponsors yet another bill that would ban texting while behind the wheel.