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.

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:42 PM EDT
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State Senator Maria Sachs, Broward Sheriff's Office Seek Ban on Texting and Driving

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Miami-Dade County Fairgoers Try Out Texting and Driving Simulator

A texting and driving simulator attracted dozens of people to a booth at the Miami-Dade County Fair. Andrea Villacicencio of AT&T, Jahmarr Smith and fair VP Nancy Chevres spoke about it.

State Senator Maria Sachs, Broward Sheriff's Office Seek Ban on Texting and Driving

State Sen. Maria Sachs has brought forward Senate Bill 74, which would ban texting and driving. Sachs, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and driving instructor Wayne Boulier spoke about the issue.
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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.

State Senator Maria Sachs, Broward Sheriff's Office Seek Ban on Texting and Driving

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