House Panel Passes Bill That Bans Texting While Driving in Florida

The ban includes typing a text or reading a text while driving. It also includes tablet computers and mobile phones.

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    A House panel has passed a bill creating a statewide ban on texting while driving.

    The House Economics Affair committee on Tuesday cleared the bill (HB 13) by a 16-1 vote. Chairman Jimmy Patronis was the only vote against. The Panama City Republican had concerns about government intrusion into people's lives.

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    The ban is enforceable as a secondary offense. That means police have to first stop drivers for another offense like speeding. A first violation is a $30 fine.

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    The ban includes typing a text or reading a text while driving. It also includes tablet computers and mobile phones. It would exclude using a ``talk-to-text'' feature and allows texting while stopped at a red light.

    A companion bill (SB 52) is in the Senate.

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