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.