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Texting and driving ban awaits Gov. Scott’s signature

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A new bill just passed by the Florida House and Senate makes texting and driving a secondary offense.

That means police can't just pull you over for texting and driving. You would have to be pulled over for something else. 

However, you could receive a second ticket if caught texting behind the wheel.

This will be a big adjustment for a lot of people. The Senate passed the bill yesterday, 39-1, and the House approved it earlier this week.

Sen. Nancy Detert of Sarasota sponsored the bill and believes the governor will make it law.

The first violation will cost you $30. A second violation adds three points to your driver's license and carries a $60 fine.  

 It's been 5 years since this legislation has been filed. It's time we get it passed, get it into law, and save some lives," Florida Sen. Mike Fasano of New Port Richey said.

The ban includes typing a text or reading a text while driving and includes tablets, as well as mobile phones. You are allowed to text while stopped at a red light.

The bill now goes to Gov. Scott's desk to be signed. If he does, it will go into effect Oct. 1.

Thirty-nine states already have texting while driving bans in place.

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