Florida Lawmakers Poised to Ban Texting While Driving, "OMFG GTFO" Say Teenagers

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Yesterday the Florida Senate unanimously approved a bill to ban texting while driving. The vote makes it pretty damn likely that the Sunshine State will join 39 others in curbing your right to type witty quips while steering with your crotch.

For you teenagers out there who need a translation: GOTDPWYD or guvment gona FU 4 realz.

Then again, the legislation would make texting while driving only a secondary offense, meaning you'd have to get pulled over for something else first. GTFO.

Similar legislation has been proposed in Tallahassee since 2008, but former House Speaker Dean Cannon blocked it. With Cannon gone and the bill already sailing through the Senate, the House could pass the ban this week.

The Senate version, put forward by Republican Nancy Detert, would still allow drivers to text at red lights or on the side of the road.

The ban is backed by something called the FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION, which includes the AAA motor club, the Florida Parent Teacher Association, medical and insurance associations, and law enforcement agencies.

Because texting while driving would become a secondary offense under the ban, cops could ticket you only for texting if they pulled you over for something else, such as swerving in and out of your lane while sending "RU/18?" to that special someone you met last night online.

Violators would face a $30 fine the first time and $60 plus three points on a driver's license for the second offense. Twelve points in as many months would mean a 30-day suspension.

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Tony Miller
Tony Miller

I was going to write a long response to this but then some asshole cut me off.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Jayan... As volatile and sassy as 305ers are, I think cops should, but then, as shady as City cops are, it'll backfire all in the name of meeting or making up quotas. C'mon people, it's all common sense: 1-). If u drive to the beach, u don't start applying sunblock at the wheel, 2-). U don't eat an Andiamo's pick-up, on the way home, right? 3-). None of us sort out groceries, while driving, right?! So why is the issue of making this irresponsible practice, a constitutional problem?! It's very lame to always invoke "1st Amendment" to justify bullshit... SUCH AN ABUSED CONVENIENCE!

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

Yay, enforceable as a secondary offense.  This is weak.  Make it a primary offense and treat it like a DUI offense.  That will get people to stop eating shit while driving.

Jayan Bertrand
Jayan Bertrand

So would they have to search your phone to see if you were texting at the time you made a traffic violation...? I'm confused as to how they'd know

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

U have the rights to use your phone, but endangering the public with such antics, especially in a city like Miami?! No! Public execution and displaying of the culprit's entrails, should be the norm.

Taylor Hardy
Taylor Hardy

Here is my question Miami New Times how will police know if I am texting and driving? Do they have the right to seize my phone? If so what about that rights??

Manu Simnt
Manu Simnt

is there anything illegal in FL?! even if there was, everybody does exactly what they want and nobody enforces it... banana republic anyone;-)

Jerry Gonzalez
Jerry Gonzalez

Big fucking deal. We are allowed to shoot people still. Best we work on that first.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Jayan Bertrand Uh, if they see you doing it.  People who text and drive aren't that hard to spot.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Taylor Hardy Cop sees you swerving, pulls up next to you, sees you dicking around on your phone, pulls you over, cites you for careless driving and cites you for texting while driving.  Its not rocket science.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Jerry Gonzalez As far as I'm aware, you're allowed to shoot people anywhere in the world.  What are you getting at?

ivxx
ivxx

@HarryTheHandyman How can he prove i wasn't setting the gps or changing the song on the mp3 player..  are they gonna follow you for a specific time period, then subpoena your phone records and see if any texts went out during that period...? It seems like it would be pretty hard to prove in court that u were actually texting...

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@ivxx@HarryTheHandyman Simple, if whatever you want to do requires more than a cursory glance away from the road or your surroundings, don't do it till stopped or, better yet, pull over.

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