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Bush Signs Transportation Bill

Beginning July 1 there will be several new laws you'll need to be aware of when you get behind the wheel in Florida.

Getting pulled over by police might be one of the worst, "sick in the pit of your stomach" feelings, and if it's ever happened to you, you may have wished you were someone else. Well, other people have gone one step further and given the cop someone else's name.

Dave Folsom of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "But the way the law was currently written, you couldn't use the ticket in court."

Meaning some people with some real gall were getting away with forgery and in some cases identity theft, but those days are coming to an end with the stroke of the governor's pen.

Dave Folsom says, "With the new bill the governor is signing, it's now going to be a third degree felony for forging someone's else's signature."

Deputy Chief Rafael Hernandez of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "We can use it as evidence and we can charge them when they do it. It's a great tool."

Now that the governor has signed his name on the transportation bill, people pulled over and given a traffic citation better sign theirs.

TPD Officer Dave Folsom had a big hand in helping to write the forgery portion of the transportation bill, but it's important to keep in mind that the bill goes beyond forgery.


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