Texting and Driving Banned in FloridaMay 7th, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
Texting and driving will soon be illegal in the State of Florida, following the Legislature’s passage of a bill.
In April, the Florida Senate voted 36-0 to outlaw texting and driving. On Thursday, May 1, the bill (CSSB 52) overwhelmingly passed the Florida House of Representatives.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) enjoyed bipartisan support.
The bill, which had earlier been passed by the House, had to be sent back to the Senate, because of an amendment to the bill. Sen. Detert concurred with the amendment and the bill was reconfirmed by the Senate.
Senate Bill 52 now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.
The law bans anyone from typing on a device while operating any moving vehicle. First offenses will be a $30 fine and any additional tickets within a five-year period will be a $60 fine and take three points off an offender’s driver’s license.
There is a clause in the law, which allows texting while stopped at a red light.