Florida lawmakers close to sending texting-while-driving bill to governor

Florida lawmakers are closer than they’ve ever been to cracking down on texting while driving by authorizing police officers to stop drivers just for typing on their phones.

Both the House and the Senate have approved a bill that would make texting behind the wheel a primary offense, but they need to resolve one difference — hands-free requirements — before it can be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature.

DeSantis has indicated he’ll sign the bill if lawmakers can reach an agreement. The bill’s sponsors in the House — Reps. Jackie Toledo, R- Tampa, and Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton — said it will be heard early next week, and they are optimistic it will pass.

“This bill will go a long way toward saving lives on our roadways,” Slosberg said.

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