As of October 1, Florida’s ban on texting and driving took effect. So what does this ban mean for Florida drivers?
Question and Answer
Q: How strict is the ban?
A: Texting while driving is considered a secondary offense, meaning that an officer cannot pull a driver over for texting alone. The driver must first be violating another traffic law, such as driving through a stop sign or speeding, before he or she can be pulled over and cited.
Q: What are the consequences for texting and driving?
A: The first offense will result in a $30 fine, and a subsequent offense, a $60 fine (and points on the license).
Q: Does the ban prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones while driving?
A: The ban does not apply to non-manual wireless communication, meaning that as long as drivers aren’t manually typing or texting, they are exempt.
The Florida is ban is relatively lenient, compared to another recent law signed by the governor of Illinois. That new law prevents drivers from so much as talking on a cell phone while driving – other than in an emergency situation. Violators will be stopped and ticketed for this primary offense; in other words, police officers will be able to pull over and cite Illinois drivers for using their cell phones even if they aren’t violating any other traffic rules.
The bottom line
None of us should be texting or talking on the phone while driving, and now, even more states are beginning to enforce laws - or tougher laws - that penalize violators.
For a full list of the distracted driving rules by state, visit distraction.gov.
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