fbpx
Home State & County News Texting and Driving = Primary Offense Under New House Bill

Texting and Driving = Primary Offense Under New House Bill

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.90″ custom_padding=”3px|0px|37.75px|0px”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.90″ text_font=”||||||||”]

Legislation would make texting and driving a primary offense while protecting civil liberties

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_testimonial quote_icon=”off” background_layout=”light” _builder_version=”3.0.90″]

Watch an announcement video featuring Representative Jackie Toledo here.
Watch Representative Emily Slosberg tell her personal story here.

[/et_pb_testimonial][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.90″]

Tallahassee, FL – Speaker Richard Corcoran praised legislation (HB 33) filed in early Dcember by Representative Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) and prime cosponsor Representative Emily Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) making texting and driving a primary offense while protecting civil liberties. Upon filing of the bill Speaker Corcoran said, “Texting and driving presents a real, life-threatening danger to Floridians both on and off the road. The data is overwhelming and the need to act is equally compelling. We’re proud to unveil a bill that does just that while also addressing legitimate civil liberties concerns. This bill establishes a proper balance between safety and law enforcement and our cherished liberties. The goal is safer streets not greater conflict.” Speaker Corcoran concluded by saying, “I commend Representative Toledo for taking on this issue and thank Representative Slosberg for her heartfelt and personal commitment to the safety of Floridians on the road.” Bill sponsor Representative Jackie Toledo said, “In 2015 there were over 45,000 distracted driving crashes in Florida. These crashes resulted in 39,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities. As the mother of five children these numbers are as frightening as they are compelling. As an engineer the data is crystal clear. And as a legislator, my goal is safer streets and the rule of law. I thank the Speaker for his support and encouragement and look forward to sending this bill to Governor Scott.” And prime cosponsor, Representative Emily Slosberg concluded by saying, “Providing law enforcement with the ability to enforce the ‘Texting While Driving Ban’ as a primary offense will save lives and prevent injuries. I’ve been contacted by constituents with stories about parents dying, kids dying, and it is time that we take action.”

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.90″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.90″ text_font=”||||||||” text_font_size=”23px”]

What the Bill Does

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.90″] The bill strengthens the current ban on texting, emailing, and instant messaging while driving, by changing the current enforcement of the ban from secondary to primary. A first violation remains a nonmoving violation that carries a $30 fine plus court costs, for a total fine of up to $108. A second or subsequent violation committed within five years is a moving violation that carries a $60 fine plus court costs, for a total fine of up to $158, with three points added to the driver license record of the motor vehicle operator. Any violation of the ban that causes a crash results in the addition of six points to the offender’s driver license record. Any violation of the ban committed in conjunction with any moving violation for which points are assessed, when committed within a school safety zone, results in an additional two points being added to the offender’s driver license record. The bill protects civil liberties by requiring a warrant to access a driver’s phone. It also requires a law enforcement officer who stops a motor vehicle for a violation of the ban to inform the driver of his or her right to decline a search of the phone. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.90″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_divider show_divider=”on” _builder_version=”3.0.90″][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.90″]

For access to all forms of specialized House media, visit Floridahousemedia.gov

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Must Read

File Under DO NOT WANT: Invasive Argentine Black and White Tegus

Move over iguanas, invasive Argentine black and white tegus are South Florida's newest lizard problem, becoming so widespread and abundant that...

142 Additional Public Parking Spots Now Available in Downtown Hollywood Area

FIRM Realty recently announced that City Parking, one of the fastest-growing privately held parking management firms in the United States, has leased...
video

Hollywood Business Owners Share Their Culture Through Custom Clothing, Jewelry and Home Decor

Karina Sanchez and Anne Quingora are moms from Mexico who launched Kante Décor, a Hollywood based business that shares custom, one of...

8,700 Square-Foot Health Care Facility Opening on Hollywood Boulevard January 2020

Sanitas Medical Center has announced plans to open a new 8,700 square foot health care facility at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard in the...

Anthony Collins Named South Broward High School’s New Football Coach

The South Broward High School football team welcomes a new coach. Anthony Collins is hoping to lead the Bulldogs to success.