TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- 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."