Texting and driving is well on its way to becoming a primary offense in the state of Florida, with the passing of the bill by the Florida house on Monday, April 29th.
The bill, HB 107, has yet to be seen and signed by Governor DeSantis. The main objective of this bill is to make texting and driving a primary offense, allowing law enforcement officers to pull over any texting drivers for a citation.
What Is A Primary Offense?
A primary offense is the most serious offense someone commits that is the main reason for detention or citation of the offender. In this case, Florida will be the 44th state to make texting and driving a primary offense.
This means that law enforcement will be able to stop drivers for being on their phones while in operation of a motor vehicle. Texting and driving has been an offense in the past, but only considered a secondary offense.
What Is A Secondary Offense?
A secondary offense is any offense tacked onto a detention or citation that cannot be the reason for the detention of citation. Let’s just say someone got pulled over for speeding. If that person was also on their phone, before this bill passed, the act of texting while driving would have slapped a lot more cost on that citation.
Why Is Texting While Driving Illegal?
Though the bill has been passed in the house, there will still be some time before it is placed in full effect. Until January, law enforcement will be required to give warnings to any and all who violate the new law on texting and driving.
Florida may be late to the game on this one, especially while texting and driving leads to 1.6 million car crashes a year. But this bill, HB 107, will seek to rectify one of the worst offenders that causes distracted driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is the act of driving while focused on anything else other than driving.
- Using a handheld device
- Looking around the car
- Eating or drinking
These can all be labeled distracted driving. This is key, in a lot of circumstances where fault will be established in an accident case. If you have been in a car accident or distracted driving accident, the medical bills can really rack up.
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