Friday, May 3, 2013

No Texting in Florida bill goes to Governor Scott

No Texting in Florida bill goes to Governor Scott, The Florida Senate approved a bill Thursday restricting texting while driving in Florida. Senate Bill 52 is entitled, “Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving.” The description of the bill on the Florida Senate website says it calls for “…prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device for certain purposes, [specifies] information that is admissible as evidence of a violation, [provides] for enforcement as a secondary action, [and provides] for points to be assessed against a driver license for the unlawful use of a wireless communications device within a school safety zone or resulting in a crash, etc.”

The Florida Senate passed the bill 39-1 Thursday and sent it on to Governor Rick Scott. Both of the Florida State Senators representing most of Volusia County voted for the bill. They include Republican John Thrasher, representing District 6 which includes Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, and Ormond Beach, plus Bunnell, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and cities in Putnam and St. Johns Counties; and Republican Dorothy L. Hukill, representing District 8 which includes the cities of Daytona Beach Shores, Deland, Lake Helen, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Pierson, Port Orange, parts of Deltona, and parts of Lake and Marion Counties.

If signed into law by Governor Scott, the bill would take effect on October 1, 2013.

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