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Put your phone down while you are driving to avoid getting a ticket in Florida.

Starting Monday, law enforcement officers can pull motorists over solely for texting while driving, thanks to a new law passed by the Florida Legislature. Before, texting while driving was not a primary offense, meaning officers had to have another reason to stop a motorist to cite them for texting and driving.

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Beginning in July, Florida police can pull over drivers they suspect of texting while driving. That’s according to a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.

Texting And Driving Ban Heads To Governor

Apr 30, 2019

Law enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving on Florida roads, under a bill now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis favors a House plan to crack down on texting while driving, as the Senate on Wednesday delayed for at least a day a separate measure that would only allow motorists to use hands-free wireless devices while on the road.

House Backs Tougher Texting, Driving Ban

Apr 24, 2019

Law-enforcement officers could pull over motorists they see texting and driving, under a measure approved Tuesday by the House despite concerns the change could increase racial profiling. 

Florida Lawmakers Eye Tougher Texting While Driving Ban

Mar 27, 2019

An effort to put more teeth into Florida’s ban on texting while driving continued its Senate journey Monday, after lawmakers stripped out proposals that could have allowed police to pull over motorists for potential distractions such as talking on cell phones, eating hamburgers or self-grooming.

Proposal Takes Aim At Cell Phone Use By Drivers

Nov 26, 2018

A proposal that would allow law-enforcement officers to pull over motorists for using cell phones while driving will be back before lawmakers in 2019. 

Distracted Driving On The Rise In Florida

Apr 4, 2018

The number of crashes caused by distracted drivers is growing. Last year in Florida more than 50,000 accidents resulted from drivers who weren’t focused on the road.

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Will Florida join most of the rest of the country and place an outright ban on texting and driving? Probably not anytime soon.

Florida’s governor is lending some support to a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

A bill making texting while driving a primary offense passed its first committee Tuesday. It also drew some concerns.

A bill making texting while driving a primary offense cleared its first Senate committee hearing Tuesday. Tallahassee resident Demetrius Branca supports the bill. In 2014, Branca lost his son Anthony to a person distracted by texting while driving.

A South Florida lawmaker is on a personal crusade to reduce distracted driving.

State Rep. Emily Slosberg is pushing cities and all 67 counties in Florida to pass a resolution urging lawmakers to make texting while driving a primary offense.

According to state data, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida last year. That’s more than five crashes every hour.

At a recent Boca Raton City Council meeting, Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, said she tried to get a similar law passed during the last legislative session but was unsuccessful.

Driverless Car Accident-Free? Mostly True

Mar 27, 2013
PolitiFact

When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told the recent Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- that driverless cars being tested have driven 300,000 accident-free miles, he was mostly accurate.

PolitiFact heard about that statement delivered during a speech about the technological superiority of the United States and decided to check it out.

And, PolitiFact's Angie Holan said they found the statement to be mostly true.