Texting and driving legislation passes Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - The Florida House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow law enforcement to pull someone over and ticket them if they see them texting behind the wheel.

Under current law, a person can only be ticketed for texting while driving if they’re pulled over for another traffic offense first. Representative Emily Slosberg has been pushing for the Legislation since she took office. She lost her twin sister in a car accident when she was 15.

“From 2014 to 2016 the state of Florida has seen a 21 percent [increase] in motor vehicle fatalities. Things are only getting worse. This legislation will prevent that. This legislation is a step in the right direction,” said Slosberg.

The legislation is stalled in the Senate. Only eight days remain for the bill to be scheduled for a hearing.