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Florida lawmakers give texting while driving ban the green light

Florida lawmakers give texting while driving ban the green light | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Against the odds, a texting-while-driving ban is headed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for consideration.
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Florida lawmakers have declared: no more texting and driving in the Sunshine State. The proposed new law classifies texting while driving as a secondary offense, which means a police officer will need to pull you over for a separate infraction, but can ticket you for that infraction plus texting while driving. Your first offense for texting behind the wheel will cost you $30.00 and any second offense in five years will cost you $60.00 and three points on your license. Additionally, the proposed law will allow police to obtain drivers' cell phone records when texting while driving causes a crash resulting in injury or death. The bill will now make its way to Governor Rick Scott's desk for approval. Texting while driving is already banned in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It's about time, Florida!

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Can You Spot the Prostitute In This Picture?

Can You Spot the Prostitute In This Picture? | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

Defining who is a prostitute may be “complicated” as Weiner suggests. But the New York City Council seems to have an answer. It has just passed a law that will fine taxi drivers up to $10,000 for picking up a prostitute. Drivers will be required to take a course that will aid them in spotting what a hooker looks like.

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1.3M Cellphone Snooping Requests Yearly? It’s Time for Privacy and Transparency Laws

1.3M Cellphone Snooping Requests Yearly? It’s Time for Privacy and Transparency Laws | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

The American Civil Liberties Union seized on the revelations too, urging lawmakers to pass the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, which is pending in the House and Senate. It would require a probable-cause warrant for locational tracking information — and not leave it up to the whims of judges, prosecutors or the carriers.

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Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database

Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

David Kaye, a law professor at Penn State and the author of The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence, said the department’s tactics in this case stood out.

“What’s interesting is taking [the DNA] from a chain that so many people could have touched and then running that through the database of crime-scene samples ... and finding a match,” he said. “I guess that’s creative.”

 

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