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Lawmakers would turn off cell phones for young drivers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Senate Republican this week proposed barring drivers under age 18 from using cell phones or other telecommunications devices while behind the wheel.

The bill (SB 460), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, is similar to a measure (HB 191) filed earlier in the month by Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton.

The bills would apply to young drivers with cell phones, computers or other types of devices that can be used for such things as playing games or music.

The bills would include exceptions for situations such as when young drivers are stopped with the engine off. Also, Flores' version would include an exception when the drivers use mobile devices for navigational purposes.

Violations would be considered non-moving offenses.