Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to sign texting bill into law

Published On: May 24 2013 04:03:29 PM EDT   Updated On: May 24 2013 04:48:06 PM EDT

After making it through state legislature, a bill that makes it illegal for motorists to text while driving will be signed into law Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Scott said he will sign Senate Bill 52, which prohibits drivers from manually typing or entering letters, numbers, symbols or other characters into mobile communication devices.

Scott said it's a good time for the law to be passed.

"As a father and a grandfather, texting while driving is something that concerns me when my loved ones are on the road," Scott said. "The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the deadliest days on the road for teenagers. We must do everything we can at the state level to keep our teenagers and everyone on our roads safe. I cannot think of a better time to officially sign this bill into lawn."

The bill was passed by state legislature earlier this month after a provision was added allowing police to use drivers' mobile phone records against them only when texting causes a crash resulting in death or personal injury.

As the bill stands, police have to stop drivers for another offense before they can issue a violation for texting while driving.

A first violation is a $30 fine; a second or subsequent violation within five years adds three points to the driver's license and warrants a $60 fine.

There are currently 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have legislation banning texting while driving.


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