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Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers
Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Tuesday that bans drivers from manually using their cell phones or other communications devices.
This includes texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.
But the bill has been watered down.
The law makes it a secondary offense to read or send a text, email or instant message on a smartphone while driving.
That means police have to to first stop drivers for another offense, like an illegal turn.
The Govenor says the new law will save lives.
"The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the deadliest days on the road for teenagers. I'm committed and your legislature is commited to doing everything they can at the state level to keep our teenagers and everyone on our roads safe. And I can not think of a better time to officially sign Senate Bill 52 into law making texting while driving illegal in the state of Florida," said Scott.
You can expect this law to be in full effect this October.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Florida is now the 41st state to ban texting for all drivers.
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