Florida Senate - 2010 SB 374
By Senator Wilson
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to state uniform traffic control;
3 prohibiting the use of electronic communication
4 devices to send or receive text-based communications
5 while operating a motor vehicle; providing exceptions;
6 providing a penalty; providing an effective date.
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10 Section 1. Use of electronic communication devices in motor
12 (1) A person may not use an electronic communication device
13 to compose, send, or read a text-based communication, including
14 text messaging, e-mail, instant messaging, or paging, while
15 operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway, as defined in
16 s. 316.003(53), Florida Statutes.
17 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to:
18 (a) A law enforcement officer or emergency medical services
19 personnel in the performance of their official duties; or
20 (b) A person using such device to:
21 1. Report illegal activities;
22 2. Summon medical or other emergency help; or
23 3. Prevent injury or damage to a person or property.
24 (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic
25 infraction, punishable by a fine of $100 for each offense.
26 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.