TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida’s texting-while-driving ban would be strengthened under a proposal filed by Sen. Thad Altman for the 2016 legislative session.
The measure would make texting while driving a “primary” offense — meaning police could pull over motorists who violate the ban.READ MORE: Family Makes Plea To Help Find Driver In Fatal Hit-And Run Crash In Pompano Beach
Under current law, it is considered a “secondary” offense. That means motorists can only be cited for texting while driving if they are stopped for other reasons.READ MORE: Three People Injured In NW Dade Drive-By Shooting
Past attempts to make texting while driving a primary offense have failed.
Altman’s measure goes further than a bill filed in August by Rep. Richard Stark that would toughen penalties for motorists who text while driving in school zones or at school crossings. Stark’s bill calls for doubling fines for motorists who violate the texting-while-driving ban in the designated school areas.MORE NEWS: Six People Sent To The Hospital After Fiery Van Crash Fire On Turnpike
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.