We are now five months into Florida’s texting and driving law, but just how effective is it? Many Floridian motorists are still unaware of what the law’s details are. Many drivers do not take the law seriously. Since we still see accidents on our daily commutes, it is questionable whether or not the ban on texting has truly made a difference in our state. The lawyers at Steven A. Bagen & Associates are here to help you understand the current guidelines and future possibilities of Florida’s texting and driving law.
Details of the Law
On October 1, 2013, Florida became the 40th
state to pass the ban on texting and driving. In 37 states, texting and driving is a primary offense but Florida is not one of those states. For us, this is only a secondary offense. This means a driver has to be stopped for a separate traffic violation before a texting and driving violation can be issued. Drivers cannot be pulled over for solely texting and driving. There are exemptions to receiving the $30 ticket. The law does not prohibit all cell phone use while driving. Therefore, devices can still be used for phone calls, voice talk-to-text functions, GPS navigation and music. Texting is still permitted as long as the car is not in motion. For instance, it is legal to text if a driver is sitting at a red light or in a rush hour traffic jam.