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.
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.