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Still no signature on texting while driving bill

Texting and Driving
Posted at 5:57 PM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 17:57:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The texting and driving bill still sitting on the Governor Rick Scott's desk, awaiting his signature. The possible ban raising questions on just how will it be enforced by law enforcement.

"Luckily I was alive," Brian Bullock.

Texting and driving is something Brian Bullock knows all too well he totaled his car while doing it.

"I was driving back home and I looked down, all it took was a good five seconds, looked up and wound up in a pine forest," said Bullock.

Good thing for Brian, he's still here to tell his story. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety show thousands of lives have been taken as a result of texting while driving.

Lawmakers have passed a bill to ban texting or typing while driving on any electronic devices like phones and tablets.

Its now waiting on the governor's signature and if he signs it, the question drivers like Jimmy Wilson are asking how will it be enforced by law enforcement.

"You really need to have clear vision of whats on the screen on the phone to determine if a person is texting, you could be using your GPS or listening to your voicemail," said Wilson.

Under the bill texting and driving is a secondary offense and drivers would have to first be pulled over for a separate violation.

The bill would still allow a driver to text by using the talk feature on their cell phone or any other hands-off method.

Wilson uses the talk feature on his phone because he doesn't want anyone to text and get in an accident.

"If you get into a serious accident you can't reverse that, you can apologize but it doesn't bring back a life," said Wilson.

The law would come with some fines for drivers who don't comply.

The bill carries a $30-$60 dollar fine, plus court costs ranging from $78-$100 and drivers points could also be tacked onto your license.

Its a price bullock says he would not want to pay, so he's sending out this message.

"Don't try to text back or anything like that, its not worth it," said Bullock.

Florida Highway Patrol representative says when and if the governor signs the bill they will of course they will enforce the law.