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Soto and Slosberg Push to Create Standard Penalty for Texting-While-Driving Deaths
Tallahassee – State Senator Darren Soto (D-Orlando) and State Representative Irv Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) are proposing a bill that would make vehicular homicide the standard penalty for causing a death due to texting while driving. Currently, the State of Florida does not have a law against texting while driving – even when death occurs as a result. Since there is no statewide standard, offenders who have caused a death may get away with as little as a traffic citation.
According to a recent article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Richard Davis commented about the penalties for causing a death while texting and driving: “The hard ones are when all they are getting is a ticket, because it’s just an accident. It’s tough to tell a family member that’s all they are going to get.”
Senator Soto filed Senate Bill 708 to be introduced during this year’s legislative session. “While the debate may wage on regarding a ban on texting while driving, there should be no debate that if you kill someone due to texting while driving you should go to jail. Period,” Senator Soto said.