Florida lawmaker could kill texting and driving bill in committee

Senate Bill 90 has sat in the Senate Appropriations Committee since the end of January.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A bill that would allow police to pull drivers over for texting and driving in Florida has stalled in a Senate committee.

State Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, serves as the head of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Bradley has refused to give Senate Bill 90 a hearing. SB90 has sat in his committee since Jan. 25, 2018.

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Bradley has cited concerns the bill would allow police to view people's cellphones and could lead to racial profiling.

Texting while driving is illegal in Florida, but police can't pull you over for it. Police can only ticket drivers if they pull them over for another reason.

10Investigates has done a series of reports on texting and driving, questioning why Florida remains one of the few states in the entire country where texting behind the wheel is considered secondary offense.

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10Investigates presented a series of reports over the past two years showing the growing numbers of those injured and killed by distracted drivers in Florida, and how those numbers have come down in other states where they made it a primary offense.

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