State Rep Proposes Ban on Using Cell Phones to Text While Driving

A Florida State Representative is pushing a bill that would ban cell phones from being used for texting while driving.

Rep. Ray Pilon is pushing a bill that would make Florida the thirty-sixth state in the nation to ban cell phones while driving.

Under the proposal, those caught using their phones while driving would have points added against their license and could face a fine.

Drivers are mixed on the proposed ban.

"It requires all of our attention while driving otherwise we are a threat to ourselves as well as others, especially those who might text with the use of a cell phone," says Wilson Barnes.

"It's going to be super inconvenient when it happens because that for a lot of us is when we get stuff done is when we're driving from one appointment to the next appointment and try to return calls and get some work done," says Ben Kaempfer.

Under the proposed bill, people who use a blue tooth or other hands-free devices would be exempt.

It would also be a secondary offense, which means law enforcement could not pull drivers over specifically for using their phone. Instead, a driver would have to be pulled over for another driving violation - but could be issued a ticket for both once they are stopped.

The bill has yet to go to committee.

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