Texting While Driving Ban Passes Florida Senate

Senate approves bill that would make texting while driving a secondary offense

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013  |  Updated 11:20 AM EDT
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Texting while driving could soon be illegal in Florida.
 
The Senate unanimously approved a bill (SB 52) Tuesday that would make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means police have to first stop drivers for an offense like speeding.

  A first violation would be a $30 fine plus court costs. A second or subsequent violation within five years would add three points to the driver's license and a $60 fine.
 
Republican Sen. Nancy Detert said this is the fourth year she has sponsored a texting ban bill and that Florida is now one of only five states without a ban.
 
Detert told senators the bill will save lives, adding, "It's become an epidemic. It needs to stop and this is the way to stop it."

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