With only one lone ‘no’ vote, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed a texting while driving ban. The state House approved the bill earlier this week, but added a provision that sent it back to the upper chamber. Under the law, police can only use drivers’ mobile phone records against them when texting causes a crash resulting in death or personal injury.
The only Senator voting ‘no’ was Joe Negron of Stuart, who claimed that texting while driving ‘should be cited under the state’s existing careless driving laws’ and claimed the ban was essentially unforceable.
A first violation is a $30 fine plus court costs. A second or subsequent violation within five years adds three points to the driver’s license and is a $60 fine.
Read more at Jacksonville.com here.