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Florida’s new texting while driving law now in effect

Florida lawmaker pushes for tougher texting while driving laws
Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 11:39:48-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida's new text while driving law officially went into effect Monday, making it a primary offense.

That means law enforcement can stop drivers if they are seen texting while their vehicle is in motion.

“This law makes Florida roads safer and I am proud to give law enforcement the ability to more proactively enforce safe driving,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors and it is every driver’s responsibility to help ensure we all get home safely.”

However, Florida Highway Patrol says that in most circumstances, only warning will be given until January 1st.

RELATED: New Florida laws are going into effect July 1, 2019

The texting ban does not apply to a driver using a navigation device or system or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary.

The first violation for drivers is a non-moving offense with no points assessed to the driver’s record. The second violation is a moving violation with three points assessed to the driver’s record.

“I am confident this law will save the lives of Floridians and visitors on our roadways and have a lasting positive impact on the future of highway safety in our state,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.