New texting and driving bill gaining support in Florida.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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.
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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.