Texting while driving ban could be dead in Florida

House amends bill with 3 days left in session

Published On: May 01 2013 04:01:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2013 05:37:55 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A statewide ban on texting while driving could be dead after Florida House members amended the bill with only three days left in the legislative session.

The House amended the bill (SB 52) on Tuesday.  A vote still needs to be held.

Even if it passes, it has to return to the Senate for that chamber to approve the new change. The legislative session ends Friday.

The change allows police to use drivers' mobile phone records against them only when texting causes a crash resulting in death or personal injury.

Sen. Nancy Detert has pushed for the bill for years. The Venice Republican says the House should have passed the bill as it was.

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