Dont Text and Drive Bill Passes Fla Senate

The Florida Senate has passed a texting while driving bill outlawing texting while driving and sent the bill to the house for approval.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice. Known as SB52, the bill was approved by a 36 to 0 vote and will make texting while driving a secondary violation, meaning a motorist would have to commit another violation such as careless driving in order to be pulled over.

The driver could then receive two citations one for the traffic infraction and one for texting while driving. The bill includes any hand held device and is not limited to phones, but would include ipads, and other devices upon which a text can be sent. The fine would be $30 for a first offense, and $60 for a second offense within five years. The first offense would be a non-moving violation, however a second offense in five years would carry three points. Additional penalties would be imposed if texting occurs within a school zone. Texting would be allowed in cars that have high-tech devices built in that allow for hands free operation, or when the car is stopped at a red light or in stopped traffic.

The Law Offices of Charles D. Scott has been campaigning against texting and driving for several years. You can get a free "don’t text and drive" bumper sticker at our office, just stop by or give us a call at 727-300-4878 or visit


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