Florida Drivers: Ban On Texting Begins Today

texting_driving_2013Those of us who, admittedly, reach for our cellphones while driving are going to be in for a rude awakening.

Starting today, the ban on texting while driving — which the Florida legislature passed this spring — goes into effect.

The texting ban, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in May, covers tablet computers as well as mobile phones, but exempts drivers using talk-to-text technology. A subsequent violation within five years adds three points to the driver’s license and carries a $60 fine.

The law allows drivers to text while stopped at a red light, and will be a secondary offense, meaning police have to first stop drivers for another offense.

Source: TBO