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New Florida texting and driving law, more to come

New Florida texting and driving law, more to come

Florida drivers beware! Put your phone down while driving through school zones, school crossings, and construction zones. Newly instituted laws regulating texting and driving have taken effect, and more restrictions may be on the way. As of October 1, 2019, drivers can be ticketed and fined $60 plus assessment fees and taxes if they are caught holding or using a cell phone while driving through a school zone or an active construction zone.

If you wind up with a texting and driving violation in Florida, Ticket Void is a nationwide free attorney matching service that can find a local lawyer to handle your ticket. Simply fill out our FREE CONSULTATION form located on this page and to be matched with a qualified attorney.

Texting and Driving Can be Deadly Dangerous

We have always known that distracted driving is dangerous. Turning to discipline unruly children in the back seat or even paying more attention to the radio than the road can cause accidents that cause extensive property damage, personal injuries, or deaths. With the rapid rise of mobile phones and other electronic devices, drivers have become more distracted, and the number of distracted-driving accidents has increased exponentially in recent years. Study after study is concluding the same thing:Texting while driving is dangerous.

Florida is one of the many states to institute driving laws banning texting and driving in highly saturated areas or throughout the state. Twenty states, including California, New York, and Washington D.C. have banned texting and driving.

Understanding Florida Driver's License Points System

The state of Florida uses a point system to penalize drivers with multiple speeding violations. The more points you have on your driver’s license, the more likely your license will be suspended. For example, if you receive 12 points on your license within 12 months, then your license can be suspended for a month. Violating Florida’s texting while driving law will cost drivers 3 points on their license.So if you get caught 4 times using a phone or device while driving, then you can lose your driving privileges for a month.

Other point penalties for moving violations in Florida include:

  • Speeding up to 15 mph over the posted speed limit – 3 points
  • Speeding 16 mph or more over the speed limit – 4 points
  • A moving violation causing an accident – 4 points
  • Reckless driving – 4 points
  • Speeding that results in an accident – 6 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident – 6 points
  • All other moving violations – 3 points

The Future of Texting and Driving Laws in Florida

A day before the most recent laws went into effect, the state representative who authored it filed a new bill for the upcoming 2020 Florida state legislative session that begins on January 14 that would ban the “manually holding” or usage of wireless communication devices such as phones and tablets.

Rep. Emily Slosbert, a Democrat from Boca Raton who lost her twin sister in a car accident, co-sponsored the new law with Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa.

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