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Lawmakers crack down on texting while driving with new bill

A bill, now filed in both the House and Senate, would make it a primary offense. This means if law enforcement sees a driver texting, they can pull them over and issue them a ticket for that offense alone.

Florida lawmakers are cracking down on texting behind the wheel. A bill, now filed in both the House and Senate, would make it a primary offense.

This means if law enforcement sees a driver texting, they can pull them over and issue them a ticket for that offense alone.

Currently, texting while driving is a secondary offense, and officers must pull you over for another violation like speeding before issuing a texting citation. Lawmakers say this isn't enough.

Last year 1,800 tickets were given out in Palm Beach County for texting as a secondary offense.

Florida continues to lag behind other states when it comes to texting while driving legislation. Only five states, including Florida, list texting while driving as a secondary offense.

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