Florida Bill Takes Aim at Distracted Driving in State With Florida Senate Bill 76
JACKSONVILLE, FL. – A Florida bill is taking aim at distracted driving in the state, according to an online news story posted at mysuncoast.com. The bill would prohibit many forms of distraction behind the wheel.
Senate Bill 76 just passed the Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee in the Florida Senate, which means it’s one step closer to becoming law. The bill is designed to reduce distracted driving across the board, not just from cell phones. The proposed law currently defines distracted driving — the types of conduct prohibited if the law passes — as the following:
“[R]eading, writing, performing personal grooming, applying a beauty aid or similar products, interacting with pets or unsecured cargo, using a personal wireless communication device, [and] engaging in any other activity, conduct, task, or action that causes distraction.”
If passed, the law would allow officers to stop people who were distracted behind the wheel and issue them tickets. The law would be accompanied by a 90-day grace period in which drivers received warnings. After the grace period ran, drivers would receive citations and points against their driver’s licenses. A fine would be involved, but the dollar amount of the fine has not been specified.
The proposed law in Florida has some similar components to the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which has been enforced in the state of Georgia since July 2018. Like the Georgia law, drivers would still be able to use their cell phones under the Florida law, as long as they were using hands-free technology, like Bluetooth. Drivers would otherwise be prohibited from holding and using phones on the road.
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