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Florida Lawmakers Eying New Ban on Texting While Driving for 2019

November 29th, 2018 - In Community, Safety and Prevention

Distracted driving has been an issue on Florida roads for quite some time. As text messaging becomes more and more ingrained in our daily lives, as is the continual tether to technology, people can’t put their phones down. Driver’s can’t put phones down even when they are driving. You may have seen the headlines recently, “Distracted driver hits children boarding school bus.” “Distracted driver runs off road hitting…” This may be why a Florida, State Senator is going to try to introduce a proposal that would enable LEOs to pull motorists over if they see a phone in the driver’s hands.

Interestingly enough, in the last two years, legislation was passed at the state capitol that states law enforcement can cite or pull a driver over for texting while driving if they also have another driving infraction worthy of being pulled over. It’s complicated, for sure. However, this proposal by Senator Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is much more specific.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, “Florida Ban on Wireless Communications Devices While Driving Law,” which would prohibit texting, reading data or talking on wireless handheld devices while behind the wheel. According to Florida Politic’s website, a member of Florida’s House, “… filed a similar bill.”

In 2018, Florida lawmakers tried to pass texting while driving legislation, but fear of unfair minority targeting ultimately killed the Bill.

To read more about the proposed Bill, you can visit:

Fight to stop behind-the-wheel cellphone use will look different in 2019


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