Starting July 1, Florida motorists can be stopped and cited for texting and driving. The first violation for drivers is a nonmoving offense with no points assessed to the driver’s record. The second violation is a moving violation with three points assessed to the driver’s record. In most circumstances, the Florida Highway Patrol will issue warnings for texting and driving through Dec. 31 to provide drivers with additional education of the new law. Exceptions would apply in extremely dangerous driving situations.
Starting Oct. 1, wireless communications devices can only be used in a hands-free manner when driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area. Drivers will be issued warnings through Dec. 31. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, drivers will be cited for using any wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in a work zone or school zone.