Being a secondary offense, the law takes a backseat, priority wise, because it’s not something that is easily enforceable. You are going to have to see...
MELBOURNE, Fla (PRWEB) October 08, 2013
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed bill SB52 into law on May 28, 2013 and it finally kicks into gear on October 1st. The bill bans texting to communicate with others using email or traditional phone texting capabilities. Drivers will still be able to text if it is to report a crime, listen to music or use a text to talk device.
Many doubters say the bill doesn’t have much “teeth” and may go largely ignored by the texting public. Most critics are disappointed that it is being treated as a secondary offense, meaning a police officer can only deal with the issue once they have observed other law breaking behaviors. Consequently, police really don’t have much faith that any serious enforcement can be done with the ban as it is presently.
“It’s a step in the right direction, but it is a small step,” says Brad Sinclair of Sinclair Law. “Being a secondary offense, the law takes a backseat, priority wise, because it’s not something that is easily enforceable. You are going to have to see some other violation first. It takes a little bite out of how serious of a stand the state is taking on it.”
There are plans to introduce a bill in the 2014 legislative session that will make texting and driving a primary offense. That will give it the necessary “teeth” to be very enforceable in every Florida jurisdiction. “In the meantime, bill SB52 may hopefully be a first step into encouraging folks to stop texting and driving,” says Sinclair. Most drivers that admit to driving and texting say that it’s out of habit more than anything else.
Contact Sinclair Law when you need a personal injury lawyer due to a texting and driving accident.
About Sinclair Law
With over 25 years of personal injury and wrongful death legal experience, Brad Sinclair has been providing his legal expertise to victims in personal injury cases all throughout Brevard County, including the areas of Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Titusville. Sinclair Law specializes in personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents, automotive accidents, and truck accidents, and staffs former insurance claims adjustors to help with each case. Visit SinclairLaw.com today for more information.