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Scott backs making texting and driving a primary offense

Posted at 12:52 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 19:56:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Gov. Rick Scott is supporting legislative efforts aimed at making texting while driving a primary offense.

The House bill has full support of House Speaker Richard Corcoran and got unanimous support this month from members of the transportation and infrastructure subcommittee.

The proposal would allow law enforcement officers to stop vehicles when they see drivers texting behind the wheel.

Currently, drivers can only be charged with texting and driving if they are stopped for other offenses such as speeding.

The House bill would allow drivers to text while in stationary vehicles and would require law-enforcement officers to inform drivers they have a right to decline a search of wireless devices.

The measure would also prohibit officers from confiscating handheld devices without warrants.

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