New Law Cracking Down On Texting While Driving Passed By Fl Senate

May 24, 2019

Texting while driving is an epidemic on Florida’s roadways leading to countless accidents. Florida’s legislature is taking steps to end this practice. Under Florida’s existing law, enforcement of texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning that law enforcement would have to pull you over for another reason besides texting. Senate Bill 76 says that texting while driving would be primary offense in Florida, meaning that an officer could pull you over and give you a citation if you are on your phone while driving. The Senate added an additional amendment to their bill that would also ban drivers from talking on handheld devices in school and construction zones. If the bill passes the Florida legislature and is signed by Governor DeSantis, it would go into effect January 1, 2020. Common sense would dictate that by staying off the phone and focusing on driving, an accident would be less likely to occur. But if you have to use your phone, it is a good time to get accustomed to using your Bluetooth.

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