Florida Legislators Propose Law to Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense for Teens.
Texting and driving within the state of Florida has primarily been categorized as a secondary offense, which means that police officers could only stop you if you committed another major infraction such as running a red light. According to NBC6 Miami, State legislators proposed to a Senate Committee a law that could change texting and driving to a primary offense for drivers under the age of 18. Teens within South Florida are amongst the most ridiculed groups of drivers, which many could agree pose as the most perilous group of motorist within our community. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, more than 4,400 distracted driving crashes have been reported in Miami Dade County since 2015. It is also good to know your local driving statutes such as knowing that a police officer cannot stop you for no reason. A sworn police officer could only stop you if they have probable cause to do so. If a police officer stops you for no significant reason, the courts could simply rule out your infraction or charge by categorizing your offense as unconstitutional.