Sen. Detert: It could be the year for driving-while-texting ban

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Senator Nancy Detert predicts 2013 will be the year her no-texting-while-driving bill (SB 52) passes on its fourth try.

The bill bans drivers from sending or receiving messages while operating a vehicle. Drivers could still read navigational devices, weather alerts or other safety-related information. Texting while driving would be punishable by a $30 fine. “It sounds like it’s simple, and it should have been a five-minute bill, but instead it’s the four-year bill,” said Detert, R-Venice. “The House didn’t like it, we passed it out of the Senate, I think, twice, and it was never heard in a committee in the House. But this year is going to be our year. We have a good House sponsor. We have a good speaker of the House, a good Senate president, so the no-texting-while-driving bill, I hope, will pass this year.”

The House version (HB 13) is sponsored by Reps. Doug Holder, R-Venice, and Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota. The measure faces three committees of reference in each chamber. Detert, chair of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, said it’s her top legislative priority.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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