Texting while driving ban passes Fla. House; back to Senate

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, a phone is held in a car. The Florida Legislature is considering a ban on texting while driving.  (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Photo by Pat Wellenbach

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, a phone is held in a car. The Florida Legislature is considering a ban on texting while driving. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

A bill meant to ban texting while driving has cleared the Florida House, but it won't be headed to the governor for his signature quite yet.

The bill passed 110-6. It now heads back to the Florida Senate, where state senators can decide whether to keep an amendment tacked on to the bill or send it back to the House without the amendment.

The amendment – which the Senate sponsor has called unfriendly – only allows law enforcement officials to subpoena cell phone records in the event of an accident causing personal injury or death.

Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, and Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, voted in favor of the bill; while Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, was one of three House members who did not cast a vote on the issue.

None of the Southwest Florida representatives spoke on the issue during the limited debate allowed.

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August8 writes:

A new law that should have been on the books when cell phones came into their own.

WMissow writes:

No doubt this was too long in the making. How many people have been injured or lost their lives because of the dangerous behavior of texting while driving.

I would venture a guess that many fewer have been injured by the use of guns than what was caused by the ridiculous law that allowed texting in the first place.

Maybe the lawyers will also have fewer cases to deal with, too! Too bad!

marco97 writes:

The law is still a joke since you can not be pulled over for texting, you need to be stopped for something else first.

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