Texting While Driving

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Texting While Driving Ban Headed To Senate, House Floors

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.

CBS4–04/09/2013

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House Panel OKs Ban On Texting While Driving

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.

CBS4–04/03/2013

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Texting While Driving Bill Closer To Law, New Strings Attached

A bill banning texting while driving was approved in its first committee Wednesday, but with exceptions.

CBS4–02/07/2013

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Bill Proposes Forcing Young Drivers To Put Away Phones

A proposal filed Thursday would bar drivers under age 18 from using wireless phones or other communications devices while they are behind the wheel.

CBS4–12/27/2012

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Senator Files Measure Which Would Ban Texting While Driving

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.

11/20/2012

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New Killer More Dangerous Than Driving Drunk

There’s a new killer in Florida, more dangerous than drunk driving. It’s already outlawed in 44 states but it’s still legal in Florida. It’s the “new” drinking and driving, known as texting and driving, but should it be outlawed in Florida?

CBS4–11/16/2012

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Use Of Text Messaging Drops For First Time

If ever a story called for the use of an emoticon, this would be the one: text messaging volume in the U.S. has declined for the first time ever, according to a new research report.

CBS4–11/14/2012

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Coral Springs Teens Get A Lesson On Texting And Driving

It’s been said that experience makes the best teacher. But how do you teach teens about the dangers of texting while behind the wheel without putting their lives at risk?

CBS4–11/13/2012

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Florida House Put Brakes On Texting While Driving Ban

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 […]

CBS4–03/11/2012

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Texting Ban Moving Forward In State Senate

Proposals which would ban texting while driving have made some progress in the state Senate but have gone nowhere in the House.

CBS4–02/21/2012

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