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(WFLX) - Across the state of Florida at midnight, Tuesday, October 1, a new law that bans texting while driving went into effect.
You can't be cited for texting while driving without also violating another driving law.
driver must first be pulled over for a violation of another traffic law
before being cited for violating the texting-while-driving ban.
That includes emailing and instant messaging while driving.
There are some exceptions.
driver is still allowed to text while the vehicle is stationary, when
reporting an emergency or criminal or suspicious activity to law
Using a device or system for navigational purposes and when receiving safety-related information is allowed.
The first violation is considered a noncriminal, nonmoving traffic violation which carries a $30 fine plus court costs.
The court costs vary by county and generally range from $78 to $100.
Subsequent violations carry graduated penalties.
a driver commits a second offense within five years, a $60 fine is
assessed. When the driver's violation results in a crash the penalties
When a driver is caught texting while driving
driving in a school zone, and it is in conjunction with any moving
violation for which points are assessed, two points are added to the
Cause a crash and six points will be added ot the driver's license in addition to other penalties.
a driver causes a crash that results in death or personal injury, his
cell phone records, or the oral or written testimony from those
receiving text messages, may be admissible to prove whether a violation