No Florida Law on Texting and Cell Phone Use
Currently, Florida has no law prohibiting or restricting drivers from sending text messages or using cell phones while driving. Florida doesn't require hands-free devices; drivers are free to use any kind of cell phone. Suprisingly, 71 percent of Florida residents support legislation to prohibit text messaging while driving. Despite that fact, in each of the last several years, the Florida legislature has considered a number of bills that would ban drivers from text messaging, ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving, or restrict younger drivers from using wireless communications devices. None of these bills has passed primarily because legislators have voiced "personal liberties" claims. In addition local municipalities in Florida are prohibited form passing their own laws under Florida's preemption statute.
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