Florida state lawmakers have proposed several bills intended to increase road safety by curbing a growing problem with distracted drivers.
Multiple bills have been filed that once again try to ban texting while driving and make it a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement would need another reason to pull someone over. Similar efforts in Tallahassee have struggled in recent years because certain lawmakers have doubted the proposed rule’s effectiveness, and blocked passage.
If approved this time around, first offenses would be a non-moving violation. Subsequent offenses would be classified as moving violations. Accidents that result from the distraction would be a 6-point offense.
As truckers are aware, the federal government already prohibits texting while driving for commercial operators. At the state level, Florida is one of 15 states that have not acted to outlaw texting while driving for all vehicles.