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Fla. Senate Committee Approves Texting-While-Driving Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill imposing a statewide ban on texting while driving. But eventual approval by the House is far from sure.

The Senate Communications committee on Wednesday voted 9-0 for the bill (SB 52). The bill outlaws texting by drivers but exempts police and other emergency vehicles.

The proposed law makes texting subject to secondary enforcement. Police could cite drivers for it only if they had been pulled over for another violation such as speeding. A violation would lead to a fine and -- if texting resulted in a crash -- the driver would be assessed six points. Points lead to increased insurance rates.

The measure has failed three years in a row because critics in the House have likened it to needless government intrusion.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A statewide texting-while-driving ban that has eluded passage for several years is again moving through the Florida Legislature.

The Senate Communications committee meets Wednesday to consider the bill (SB 52). Opponents have long likened it to needless government intrusion, but supporters say the measure will save lives.

The bill outlaws texting by drivers but exempts police and other emergency vehicles.

The proposed law makes texting subject to secondary enforcement. Police could cite drivers for it only if they had been pulled over for another violation such as speeding. A violation would lead to a fine and -- if texting resulted in a crash -- the driver would be assessed six points. Points lead to increased insurance rates.

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia already have bans.


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