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Will Race Matter When Cops Ticket For Texting And Driving? We Looked At Seat Belt Citations To See

Carline Jean
South Florida Sun Sentinel
A woman is seen texting while driving along Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Black lawmakers fear Florida’s new texting-while-driving law could be just another excuse to stop minority drivers.

Statistics reviewed by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show they have a reason to be worried about the new law that takes effect July 1. In many jurisdictions, black drivers have been disproportionately ticketed for seat belt violations.

Florida lawmakers approved a bill after years of trying that allows police to pull over drivers just for texting.

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