Bill filed to toughen Florida's new ban on texting while driving
Legislation would make texting behind the wheel a primary offense
A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would toughen the state's new ban on texting while driving.
The new law was just passed earlier this year, but it classifies texting while driving as just a secondary offense. That means law enforcement has to spot you breaking another law before you can be pulled over.
State Senator Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, filed a new bill that would make texting while driving in the state a primary offense. If it's approved, police would be able to stop and fine you just for texting behind the wheel.
Under the proposed legislation, fines for texting while driving would stay the same, with a $30 ticket for a first offense, and higher fines after that.
The bill will likely coming up during the next legislative session in March.