A bill (HB 107) that would allow law enforcement to pull over Florida drivers caught texting while driving has passed another hurdle after successfully making its way through the last committee after receiving the okay from the House State Affairs Committee.
As we’ve mentioned in the past, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. What this means is a police officer would need to pull over the driver for another reason such as speeding before they could receive a ticket. If HB 107 becomes law, texting while driving would be “upgraded” to a primary offense.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3,400+ people lost their lives due to reasons such as distracted driving. One study placed Florida as the second most dangerous state in the country for distracted driving.
Besides making texting while driving a primary offense, HB 107 would also require a law enforcement officer to jot down the driver’s ethnicity and race so as to avoid potential issues of pulling over minorities.
To read more, please visit https://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/florida-house-approves-anti-texting-while-driving-bill,16578.
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