South Florida law firm Hochman & Goldin, P.A. discussed Florida’s efforts to address the ongoing problem of texting while driving.
Miami, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2017 -- Florida lawmakers recently proposed Senate Bill 144 (SB 144) aimed at changing texting and driving from a secondary to a primary offense for any driver who is not eighteen years of age. Because it's legally a secondary offense for all drivers regardless of their age, a law enforcement officer is unable to issue a ticket to the driver unless the driver is being pulled over for having done something else illegal. SB 144 would modify these current laws. There is also a bill in the works that seeks to make texting while driving in a school zone a primary offense.
The Florida Highway Patrol released numbers for 2015 that show more than 4,300 crashes in 2015 were caused by distracted driving, just in Miami-Dade County. In Broward County, over 3,500 crashes were due to distracted driving. Florida is one of only five states where distracted driving has yet to be considered a primary offense.
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Scott Hochman and Sunny Goldin, both alumni from University of Miami School of Law, have each been practicing law in Florida for over 20 years. The Miami traffic ticket lawyers have handled more than 180,000 traffic citations in the courts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and also represent clients in misdemeanor criminal cases. They are also experienced Miami expungement attorneys and are ready to assist clients. Call 305-515-5045 for more information.