JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - During a stop in Jacksonville on Monday, Gov. Rick Scott said he's reviewing a bill to ban texting while driving that's awaiting his signature but has "absolutely significant concerns about it."
Earlier this month, the Florida Senate accepted a House-amended version to approve the ban.
Supporters concede it's not the ideal bill they want, but they call it a "first step" in a path filled with roadblocks.
The penalty would be $30 for a first-time texting offense, a non-moving violation.
A driver would pay a $60 fine and be assessed three points if caught texting while driving again within five years, with more points added if the violation is in a school zone or another serious offense.
Texting would be allowed in hands-off, high-tech cars and when a car is stopped at a red light or in a traffic jam.
Currently, Florida is one of five states without any texting ban. Thirty-nine states prohibit texting while driving, and six have partial bans.
If Scott signs the bill, it will go into effect Oct. 1.
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