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July 1, 2019 Florida Ban On Texting While Driving Takes Effect

No Texting While Driving In Florida

Is Texting While Driving A Big Deal?

Yes! It’s responsible for more teen deaths than drunk-driving. And distracted driving kills nine people of all ages every day in America.

The bill that makes texting while driving a primary offense goes into effect today. But, what does that actually mean for Florida motorists.

1. The bill doesn’t ban the use of cell phone while a car is stationary.
2. The bill requires officers to record the race and ethnicity of people who are cited.
3. Motorists don’t have to give their phones to officers without a warrant.
4. You can still legally use your cell phone for navigation purposes.
5. Work zones and school zones are hands-free areas.
6. The legislation does not apply to self-driving cars.

So, do we have to stop texting while driving immediately? Well, we all should. But legally, the state is giving us a grace period. Mounting an educational campaign police will issue warnings through the end of the year with actual starting Jan. 1, 2020.

This post is for informational purposes only and not intended to provide legal advice. Consult your attorney for specific details on the bill.

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