Florida Police Can Stop Drivers For “Texting While Driving”
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In the age of texting, a new bill Governor Ron DeSantis just signed today that all Floridians and Florida tourists need to be aware of: Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under recent legislation passed by the Florida House. It is also against the Florida law to even touch one’s phone at all while in a school zone or a work zone. Offenders would have to pay a $30 fine. Starting on July 1, 2019, police will be allowed to stop and ticket drivers for texting while driving a moving car, with limited exceptions. Drivers will still be able to use their phone when the car is stopped.
To read the text of this bill, CS/HB107: Wireless Communications While Driving, please click HERE.
On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed this bill at Sarasota High School, to crack down on one of the most dangerous distraction while driving, texting while driving. Texting while driving had been illegal in Florida for years, but police could not stop the driver for this. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. It will all change on July 1, 2019, for police will be able to stop and ticket drivers for texting while driving a moving vehicle. Governor DeSantis said, “It’s my hope that by taking action to address distracted drivers today, that we will be able to make our roads safer and hopefully prevent some of these crashes that we’ve seen, injuries, and, unfortunately, some of the deaths that we’ve seen.”
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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