Gov. DeSantis signs law to make texting and driving primary offense in Florida

in Florida News & Events


SARASOTA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis will sign a bill Friday morning making texting and driving a primary offense in the state of Florida.

DeSantis will sign the bill at a mid-morning ceremony in Sarasota.

Since 2013, lawmakers have sponsored 31 different pieces of legislation to strengthen Florida’s texting and driving law.

House Bill 33, introduced by Reps. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, and Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, was the only one to successfully make it to a floor vote in 2018. The bill died, however, when its companion legislation, Senate Bill 90, failed to be heard in a Senate committee chaired by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island.