TAMPA (WFLA) – The second part of Florida’s new texting and driving law will kick in on Oct. 1, making school zones and active construction zones a hands-free area.
Similar to the initial texting ban, there will be a buffer period as police issue warnings, not tickets, to offenders.
Since the state’s new texting while driving law went into effect on July 1, 542 tickets have been written, and more than 400 warnings have been issued. A sponsor of the bill, Representative Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) said the slow rollout was intentional.
“We did give them discretion to either ticket or not ticket and educate and warn,” Toledo said.
Penalties for the hands-free portion of the law begin on January 1, and include a $60 fine and three points added to a license.
This is a stiffer penalty compared to the $30 dollar fine for texting while driving, and no points.
“Because there are children around in those areas. There are active workers and construction workers. So really the areas that are most vulnerable,” said Toledo.
- 39 people found dead in truck container in southeast England
- Salvation Army of Wake County’s Christmas Cheer Program registration starts next week
- Amazon officials show off gigantic new fulfillment center in Garner
- October 23: Perfect Fall Weather!
- 85 evacuated after Goldsboro senior housing building floods
For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free.
Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now