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Bill would ban texting and driving

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Nearly every state has some type of ban on texting while driving -- except Florida.

We are one of only five states with no restrictions.

State lawmakers just filed a new bill to ban it. It would make texting and driving a secondary offense, meaning police would have to stop drivers for other reasons before fining them for texting.

It would carry a $30 fine.

A recent poll by AAA showed 87 percent would support a ban.

But state lawmakers have blocked efforts to ban it for years.

They said it infringes on personal freedom -- why ban texting while driving, and not other things like reading, eating, or applying makeup?

However, there is new management at the capital, and supporters of a ban think they may finally have the votes to get it passed.

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