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‘Texting while Driving’

Texting while driving laws to be enhanced if bill passes

If a series of bills pass the Legislature this spring, Florida’s texting while driving law could hold more weight. Two state representatives and one state senator have filed bills that would beef up existing legislation about using a cell phone while driving. Texting while driving would become a primary offense, as well as adding a penalty for drivers using their phones in a fatal crash, possibly even being considered vehicular homicide.“We have an epidemic across this country and in Florida of distracted driving and it’s getting worse. It’s a free-for-all out there, said Rep. Irving “Irv: Slosberg, D-Boca Raton. Praise has come from across the state regarding the bills for enhancing existing statutes, but encourage further education to keep drivers safe on the roadways. “It is very difficult for officers to enforce Florida’s ban on texting while driving. There are a number of caveats written into the law that make exceptions for when a person can use a mobile device with the vehicle in motion,” wrote Cape Coral Police Sgt. Dana Coston in an email. “An officer has to be able to testify that the action… Read More