It looks like Florida is just a signature away from banning texting while driving, joining 39 other states and D.C with having laws against texting and driving. Maybe this is better late than never as accidents and sadly deaths have skyrocketed in recent years.
Thursday, the Senate passed a House-amended version of Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving bill, which makes texting, instant messaging, or emailing a secondary offense with a $30 fine. Subsequent violations result in a $60 fine and drivers will be assessed points if they have a repeat offense within five years.
The bill allows for texting at red lights, while pulled over, and if a voice texting system is used.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving makes crashes 23 times more likely.
Meanwhile Tallahassee has voted down any texting bans for the past five years, making Florida one of the very last states to restrict cell phones behind the wheel.