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Law enforcement cracking down on device use in school and work zones

Posted at 8:35 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 08:37:38-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Law enforcement officers in Collier County are educating and enforcing the law requiring drivers to put down their phones in school and work zones.

The Collier County Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau were out at Poinciana Elementary School and Pelican Marsh Elementary school on Tuesday, as students returned from winter break.

Deputies issued seven citations for using a cell phone in a school zone, and several speeding tickets.

Florida drivers are not allowed to hold cell phones in their hands in work or school zones. The law went into effect last October, but only warnings were initially issued until the new year.

Additionally, texting while driving has been a primary offense in Florida since July 1. This means officers can pull drivers over just for texting and driving, without any other traffic violation.