Florida finally signed into law prohibiting texting 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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