Texting and Driving Ban Starts Oct. 1st
Published September 23rd, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- 41 states have laws banning texting and driving, and the sunshine state is among the most recent to join that number.
Starting next week, the state law making texting a secondary offense in Florida will officially take effect.
Beginning October 1st, texting while driving could earn you an extra $30 citation.
Florida's law enforcement officers will be looking for drivers distracted from texting as the new law goes in effect.
It's a secondary offense so you can't be pulled over for texting alone, but it's a message to drivers.
Lieutenant Todd Kelly says in the first few weeks sheriffs deputies will focus on educating drivers with warnings and explanations of the new law, but these citations are a very real possibility down the road.
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