Texting While Driving Ban Gaining Momentum in the Florida Legislature

Is this the year?

Understandably, the legal team at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville, as well as other safety advocates and businesses concerned about devastating injuries and deaths caused by negligent and distracted drivers, is asking once again if this is the year that the Florida Legislature will enact some kind of texting-while-driving law.

Florida Texting While DrivingReports coming out of Tallahassee seem to be indicating that this might be the year the Florida legislature is ready to act to stem the dangerous practice. Florida is currently one of only five remaining states that still have no restrictions on texting-while-driving.

Rep. Doug Holder (R-Sarasota) along with Rep. Ray Philon (R-Sarasota) have sponsored the House version of an anti-texting bill in the form of HB 13. The bill passed through the House Transportation Committee by a unanimous vote — an accomplishment, considering that Holder-sponsored anti-texting bills have not seen the light of day in a House committee session in five years.

As expected, Senate anti-texting bill SB 52 has sailed through two different committees.

Both the Senate and the House bills would make texting-while-driving a secondary offense. In other words, law enforcement would not be able to stop a person solely for texting-while-driving in Florida, but could fine a motorist if he or she was stopped for another violation, like reckless driving.

According to the Bradenton Herald, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, AAA, AT&T, and the Florida PTA have all thrown their support behind the bills.

“At the end of the day, this is a no-brainer type of bill … the only people who benefit from this are the people,” Holder said of the bill he is co-sponsoring.

The law firm of Farah & Farah stands firmly behind any measure that will make Florida’s roads and highways safer. If you have been injured in a distracted driving crash, contact us to discuss your legal options. Call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online. Your case review is confidential and free.