The House passed its version of a bill that would ban texting while driving for Floridians.
The House added an amendment that only allows law enforcement to use your cell phone records when it involves a crash that resulted in injury or death. State representative Charles McBurney says there was concern about law enforcement being able to access someone's cell phone records. For him, it boiled down to a right of privacy issue.
"It's got to have the proper balance between the offense and what can be obtained from that offense."
McBurney says the bill would make texting while driving a secondary offense. McBurney said, "It's a balance to the right of privacy versus what would be considered a secondary offense."
A secondary offense means police would have to stop drivers for another offense first. The first violation would result in a $30 fine. The second violation within a period of 5 years would result in 3 points being added to the driver's license and a $60 fine.
The bill now heads to the floor of the Senate. State representative Charles McBurney says he hopes the Senate will pass it.