Florida Senate Targets Texting While Driving Fatalities

By  //  April 2, 2014

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Offending Drivers Would Face Second-Degree Felony Charges.

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text-and-drive-180TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill (SB 1078) that would toughen penalties for people who cause fatal accidents while texting behind the wheel.

The bill, approved by the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee, is based on a texting-while-driving ban that lawmakers passed last year. Drivers who cause fatal accidents while violating the texting-while-driving ban would face second-degree felony charges.

Also, the charges could be upgraded to first-degree felonies if the drivers knew accidents occurred and failed to provide information and aid. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, has been assigned to three other committees before it could reach the Senate floor. The House version (HB 1253) is ready to go to the full House.

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