Senate committee OKs tougher penalties for texting and causing fatal crashes

TALLAHASSEE | A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill (SB 1078) to toughen penalties for people who cause fatal accidents while texting behind the wheel. The bill, approved by the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee, is based on a texting-while-driving ban that lawmakers passed last year. Drivers who cause fatal accidents while violating the texting-while-driving ban would face second-degree felony charges. Also, the charges could be upgraded to first-degree felonies if the drivers knew accidents occurred and failed to provide information and aid. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, has been assigned to …

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