Florida Senate Targets Texting While Driving Fatalities
By The News Service of Florida // April 2, 2014
Offending Drivers Would Face Second-Degree Felony Charges.
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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.