Authorities in Florida Will Begin Citing Drivers for Texting and Driving on January 1, Grace Period Ends

By  //  December 28, 2019

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463 warnings issued by FHP for texting and driving (July 1-Sept. 24)

Starting January 1, 2020, drivers will be cited for using any wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in a school crossing, school zone and active work zone.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Starting January 1, 2020, Florida drivers will be cited for using any wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in a school crossing, school zone and active work zone.

The Wireless Communications While Driving Law became effective July 1, 2019.

From July 1 through September 24, 2019, there have been 463 warnings issued by Florida Highway Patrol for texting and driving.

From July 1 through September 22, 2019, there have been 605 citations issued statewide by all law enforcement agencies for texting and driving.

The law also applies to golf carts/slow moving vehicle if the vehicle is registered to licensed drivers.

When the law went into effect, Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed his appreciation for the new measure.

“The hands-free aspect of the law makes school zones, school crossings and active work zones safer across our state and gives law enforcement a strong tool to educate drivers,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Using a wireless device while driving is extremely dangerous, and all drivers should be focused on the road.”

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