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Just because law enforcement agencies in Florida aren’t pulling drivers over for it, texting while driving is actually illegal. But why exactly don’t they pull you over? Because the House has yet to decide whether or not to turn it into a law. This Thursday, the Florida Senate passed the bill that will give police officers the green light to stop and fine motorists caught texting while driving in Florida. Though not yet a full-blown law, it might soon be if the House approves turning the bill into law. According to the bill sponsor, the House will most likely accept the Senate’s proposal to allow police officers to stop drivers who are caught red-handed with their fingers tapping away at their smartphone screens. Though the bill doesn’t include reading off a cell-phone or using other devices while driving, it does prohibit drivers from actual texting. If passed by the House, motorists would have time to adjust to the new law by only citing a warning to motorists caught texting. Sadly, as of December 31st, 2019, drivers would be stopped and ticketed. According to the would-be law, drivers would get three points on their record, a $30 fine, plus fees to the costs of the court. Fortunately, loopholes exits. If a driver buys a Bluetooth hands-free phone, he/she can take a course on driver safety. Furthermore, the first offence would go unscathed. When passed, those in favor of the law expect accidents related to texting and driving to go down significantly. At present, a great number of pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle accidents are the direct result of texting and driving. The bill, which last year only made it as far as the House, was denied due to concerns that police officers would have the legal right to invade the cell-phone owners privacy and raise concerns over racism or general prejudice with regards who police choose to pull over for allegedly texting while driving.

PERAZZO LAW SERVES THOSE INJURED IN ACCIDENTS DUE TO NEGLIGENT CELL PHONE USE IN MIAMI

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Broward County: A Sunday morning bicycle ride ends in tragedy when a distracted motorist ran into a group of fourteen cyclist pedaling eastbound on State Road 84 near Southwest 148th Avenue. The 33-year female motorist claims to have been distracted by the morning sunlight when her Honda Fit crashed into the group of riders, who were riding in two columns along the right lane of the road. As a result, a 53-year old rider from Weston died from the injuries sustained while another rider, a 62-year old man, is reported in critical condition following the bicycle accident.  Several other bicycle riders were injured but all are reported to be in stable condition. The police are investigating the bicycle accident by analyzing the driver’s cell phone records to determine if negligent use of cell phone was the determining factor that led to the bicycle accident. According to the Davie police officer at the scene of the accident, the female motorists showed no signs of having consumed alcohol or narcotics prior to the crash. The Davie officer also stated the driver had mentioned being distracted and blinded by the early morning sun, which caused her to not see the pack of fourteen bike riders pedaling along Road 84. With only one prior moving violation for speeding, the incident is undergoing further investigation.

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