FL legislature: New Year, New Laws

If you find yourself saying “there outta be a law against…..”, you may be a R.I.N.O.-Republican in Name Only!

It looks like the RINOs in the Florida Legislature are jumping on the no-texting-while-driving bandwagon that’s sweeping the nation. They are moving toward passing a bill derived from a sample law being pushed by Department of Transportation on the states to enact legislation banning texting while driving. Today the bill, SB 416 sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, passed the Senate Energy, Communications and Public Utilities Committee with a 12-1 vote.

The lone nay vote came from Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, who rightly points out that police already have the ability to pull over distracted drivers and give them a ticket for careless driving. Sen. Negron, an attorney, went on to warn the lawmakers against “creating new crimes,” which he says they have done too often in the past.

Sen. Joe Negron gets it! Don’t make new laws, just enforce the ones we have! You can thank Sen. Negron on his Facebook Page here for taking a stand.

From Post on Politics…..

Negron sez no 2 ‘Dnt txt n drv’ bill

by Dara Kam | January 12th, 2012

Texting while driving would be a new moving violation under a bill approved by a Senate committee this morning over the objections of Sen. Joe Negron, who said distracted drivers can already be punished under existing law.

Negron cast the sole “no” vote on the measure (SB 416) which would make texting and driving a secondary offense – meaning police could not ticket drivers unless they are pulled over for another reason – punishable by a minimum $30 fine and a six-point drivers license violation if it results results in an accident. read more

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