Texting while driving is now illegal in Florida

Florida became the 40th state to outlaw texting while driving after Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of a bill today in Miami. The ban goes into effect Oct. 1.

Texting while driving will become a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement must first stop drivers for another offense.  A first violation brings a $30 fine plus court costs. Second or subsequent violations within five years will add three points to the driver’s license and a $60 fine.

The ban includes typing or reading a text while driving.  It allows texting while stopped at a red light.  It includes tablet computers but excludes using a “talk-to-text” feature.

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