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Legislators ban texting while driving

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If you say you haven't done it, odds are you're not telling the truth.

"Yeah I do text and drive sometimes," said Tal Zentmeyer of Tampa.

"I have, I don't do it all the time but I have," said Kevin Siefring of Tampa.

Soon if you're caught texting and driving in Florida, you'll pay the price.

Thursday the state legislature passed a texting while driving ban, it's passage was certainly a long time coming.

"It's been five years since this legislation has been filed, it's time that we get it passed, get it into law and save some laws," said Florida State Representative Mike Fasano.

Some Florida drivers see the law as a good thing.

"I think it's a great idea, I think texting and driving is really dangerous," said Rachel Clair.

While others think the law is flawed.

"If you're allowed to be on the phone while your driving why is texting just illegal now," said Siefring.

The bill that ultimately made its way through the legislature makes it unlawful to text and drive, but you can't get pulled over for it.

"It's a secondary offense for those who are concerned that police officers will be pulling everyone over that using a device, that's not true," said Fasano.

If you do get caught you'd pay a $30 fine.

A second offense carries a $60 fine and three points on your license.

Drivers who use hands-free, voice activated texting don't have to worry about a fine.

You can also text while your car is stopped at a red light or if you're in a traffic jam.

Lawmakers hope this will serve as a deterrent, while some drivers say the threat is enough to put their phones away others say they'll continue to take the risk.

"I'll probably text the same amount while driving until I get pulled over and actually written a citation," said Jake LeVan of Tampa.

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