Florida Gov. Rick Scott to Sign Texting While Driving Ban at Miami High School

Scott will sign the measure Tuesday at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High.

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    File: Gov. Rick Scott signing a bill in Tallahassee.

    Gov. Rick Scott plans to sign a bill banning texting while driving at a Miami high school Tuesday.

    The governor will be at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High at 1 p.m. to sign the bill that prohibits texting, e-mailing and instant messaging through a smart phone while driving.

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    That includes manually typing multiple letters, numbers, symbols or other characters onto a wireless device.

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    Scott said he is signing the bill at the start of summer because it is the deadliest time for teenagers on the road.

    “As a father and a grandfather, texting while driving is something that concerns me when my loved ones are on the road," Scott said in a statement. "We must do everything we can at the state level to keep our teenagers and everyone on our roads safe.”

    Some have criticized the bill, saying it isn't tough enough and can be hard to prove.

    The measure makes texting while driving a secondary offense, That means a driver cannot be pulled over just for texting and driving, but has to be pulled over for speeding first.

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    Under the measure, authorities are allowed to pull cell phone records if a driver is caught texting in a crash that results in injury or death. A first citation is $30, a second is $60 and three points towards the driver's record.

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