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New bill hopes to increase texting-while-driving laws in Florida

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 06:20:53-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Florida is one of four states in the United States where texting-while-driving is a secondary offense, rather than a primary. 

This means an officer can only pull a driver over if someone is committing another traffic infraction, like speeding. 

Senate Bill 90 was put on a transportation committee agenda on January 5, and has cleared two senate panels. 

As of Wednesday, the bill sits in an appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. 

RELATED: Florida lawmakers introduce bill to make texting and driving a primary offense

There is also a bill in the House, HB 33, that has similar language in hopes of passing a stricter texting-while-driving law. 

If the bill passes, it would go into effect October 1, 2018.