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.

Note that as of July 1st, texting and driving is now a primary offense in Florida. Are you a victim of an auto accident? Then call or text attorney Alex Hernandez for your free consultation.

Attorney Alex Hernandez

Representing clients in the areas of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Family Law/Divorce, and car and motorcycle accidents for 20 years. (904) 712-5565 or (305)-688-LAWS (5297). *Se Habla Español

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