Texting While Driving
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.
A ban on texting while driving in the state of Florida has gained new traction in Tallahassee as a House panel passed a bill creating a statewide ban.
A bill banning texting while driving was approved in its first committee Wednesday, but with exceptions.
A proposal filed Thursday would bar drivers under age 18 from using wireless phones or other communications devices while they are behind the wheel.
A state senator from Venice is hoping the third time is the charm to pass legislation which would ban drivers from typing or reading texts, emails or other electronic messages while behind the wheel.
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