Florida Senate unanimously passes ban on texting while driving

Published On: Apr 16 2013 11:35:56 AM EDT

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Texting while driving could soon be illegal in Florida.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill (SB 52) Tuesday that would make texting while driving a secondary offense. That means police have to first stop drivers for an offense like speeding.

A first violation would be a $30 fine plus court costs. A second or subsequent violation within five years would add three points to the driver's license and a $60 fine.

Republican Sen. Nancy Detert said this is the fourth year she has sponsored a texting ban bill and that Florida is now one of only five states without a ban.

Detert told senators the bill will save lives, adding, "It's become an epidemic. It needs to stop and this is the way to stop it."

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