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Proposed Law in Florida Targets Distracted Driving

March 08, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, FL. – According to an online news story from, a proposed bill in Florida targets distracted driving. The law would make it possible for law enforcement officers to pull drivers over for varying types of distracted driving.*

The bill is titled the “Florida Driving While Distracted Law,” and it was just approved in a Senate committee to move onto the next hurdle. The law would prevent drivers from engaging in numerous types of distractions, like using cell phones, reading, applying makeup, combing hair, petting animals in the car, and fidgeting with items inside the car. 

Lawmakers want to broadly tackle distracted driving because drivers can be distracted by endless things outside of cell phones. Undoubtedly, cell phones create some of the largest hazards, but people engage in many other types of behavior while driving that can lead to dangerous wrecks. 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that more than 17 million vehicle accidents occurred in the state of Florida in 2018, and close to 200,000 happened in St. John’s County alone. Lawmakers say they want to pass laws that can help reduce those numbers and save lives. 

In its current form, the Senate Bill 76 does not specify a fine that would be imposed for violations. It does allow law enforcement officers to initiate traffic stops solely for distracted driving, and it states that drivers would receive a citation and three points on their driver’s licenses. Drivers can also opt to complete a distracted driving safety program. 

The law is similar in some respects to the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which has been in effect for several months in the state of Georgia. This law targets distractions from devices and bans the use of handheld electronics while driving. 

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