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Florida Senate passes bill banning texting while driving

By on April 18th, 2013

The Florida Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban texting while driving if passed by the Florida House of Representatives by May 3. Florida is one of the few states without any texting while driving laws.

In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed nationwide by accidents involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website devoted to distracted driving. Senate Bill 52 would make texting while driving a secondary traffic offense, meaning a citation for texting could be issued after someone is pulled over for a traffic violation.

“People are very cautious about having to pay tickets and, God forbid, points on your license,” said Anna Klausner, a Gainesville resident. “I think it’s a good idea and I think people will take to it well.”

The bill would ban anyone from typing on a device while operating a moving vehicle. Texting while stopped at a red light would still be considered OK.

If passed by the Florida House, a first offense will be a $30 fine and any additional tickets within five years will be a $60 fine and will take three points off the offender’s driver’s license.

Rachel Jones wrote this story online.


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  • Stuart

    How about a Hands Free only telephone bill!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003123497166 Facebook User

    I believe this a great start to get drivers to actually start driving again!

  • http://twitter.com/TextKills TextKills.com

    It is so important that this bill gets signed into law! Texting while driving has now overtaken drunk driving as the leading cause of death amongst teenagers. Our Founder, Wayne Irving II, is a Florida native and wrote an open letter to Governor Rick Scott urging him to sign it. You can read the letter here: http://textkills.com/?p=3980

 

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