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.