Florida texting ban begins October 1, 2013 -->
This means manually texting, e-mailing, or instant messaging on smart phones and other wireless devices is prohibited while driving. Retrieval, reading, and storage of such messages while operating a vehicle are also prohibited.
For purposes of the law, a vehicle that is stationary is not being operated.
Use of hands-free devices that do not require does not require text entry to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function is permitted.
Sending messages to report an emergency or crime is permitted. Drivers of authorized police,fire, or medical services vehicles are exempt from the law.
Violation of the law is a secondary, noncriminal, nonmoving violation. This means a driver would be cited for another traffic offense to be also cited for texting.
The fine for a first offense is
Multiple violations of the law may result in the suspension or revocation of a person's driver's license.
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