Florida Texting and Driving Law

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Florida finally signed into law prohibiting texting while driving.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 107 into law (Chapter 2019-44) which makes Florida the 45th state to make it illegal and make it a primary offense to text while driving.

Originally, the texting and driving law was a secondary offense, meaning a police officer could not pull you over and issue a citation unless you were pulled over for a moving violation first.

The law takes place beginning on July 1, 2019.

Under the new law, there is also a ban on using a handheld cell phone while driving a motor vehicle in a designated school crossing, school zone, or a road work zone. You can however, use your phone “hands-free. That section on the law begins Oct. 1st.

Violation of using your phone in the school and work zone, carries a first violation penalty of $30 fine and $60 for the second moving forward, however, that is exclusive of court costs.

One can still text at a stoplight or whenever your vehicle is stopped.

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