Attention Florida drivers and permit holders – Stay safe and avoid a ticket! In an effort to limit driver distraction and make the roads safer for everyone, Florida has become the 41st state to ban texting while driving. Florida’s texting-while-driving ban is now law and goes into effect starting this October.
Similar to Florida’s seat belt law, the new law makes it a secondary offense to read or send a text, email or instant message on a smartphone while driving. That means police officers have to first stop drivers for another offense like speeding or rolling through a stop sign. Then, they can ticket those drivers who were also observed to be using their smartphones.
Getting a ticket is only one of the many concerns with texting while driving. Driver distraction is dangerous to not only the driver and any passengers in the car, but also to pedestrians and those driving in surrounding vehicles. In fact, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-texting driver.
First-time drivers need to be aware not only of the law regarding texting while driving, but numerous laws and regulations that apply to Florida drivers. Get educated on Florida’s laws, how alcohol and drugs impact driving skills and many important safe driving strategies by taking GDL Institute’s Drug and Alcohol Course, designed specifically for new drivers.
Let us know what you think! Will Florida’s new texting while driving law help to reduce the number of accidents on area roads and highways?
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