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House passes bill making texting when driving main offense in Florida

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 23:21:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation given final passage by the Florida House.

The vote was 108-7 Monday for the bill, which now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature.

Under current law, officers can only cite drivers for texting if they are pulled over for some other violation. The House-passed bill would allow officers to stop motorists simply for texting alone.

A first offense is punishable by a $30 fine, with a second offense costing $60. Court costs and fees also would apply. Only warnings will be given until January, when officers can write citations.

The texting ban does not apply to a driver using a navigation device or system or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary.

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