Florida law enforcement agencies are preparing for the enforcement of the new distracted driving law. This new law is going into effect across the state July 1st. According to agencies, the new texting while driving ban will be much easier to enforce.
Authorities are hoping that change will happen with drivers and say that there should not be much change in training.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesperson says that enforcing the new law will happen on a case-by-case basis. Texting violations will be treated just like any other primary offense traffic violation.
In Pinellas County, law enforcement will go through an educational period. First-time offenders of the new law will be given a warning. However, if a driver is pulled over for texting and driving on more than one occasion, they will be ticketed.
Loopholes do exist within the new law, and deputies are prepared for those challenges. “Drivers can still use GPS, look at weather or traffic alerts, or call in an emergency.” As a result, traffic judges may see more work. Source
Drivers, and law enforcement alike, need to be aware of the new regulations that accompany the new distracted driving law in Florida in order to make our roads as safe as possible. For more articles like this one, visit the Beltz & Beltz blog section, where you can find information on how Florida’s laws affect you.
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