Texting While Driving
A proposal that would strengthen the state’s ban on texting while driving, giving police officers more power to pull over motorists for tapping messages while behind the wheel has been filed by South Florida lawmaker Rep. Richard Stark.
A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that would toughen penalties for people who cause fatal accidents while texting behind the wheel.
The texting-while-driving ban has only been in place in Florida since October 1, but some legislators are ready to give it some more teeth.
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.
The dangers of texting and driving are serious and the results could be deadly. In hopes of preventing this form of distracted driving, students gathered Thursday morning to take a pledge.
South Florida drivers who use hands free gadgets to talk on the phone and send text messages or emails from behind the wheel because they think they are a safer alternative could be more distracted and in more danger than if they simply talked on a cell phone, according to a new AAA study.
A proposed statewide ban on texting while driving may have been run off the road in the state legislature.
A ban on texting while driving in the state of Florida is another step closer to becoming reality.
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.